Group’s founder, Nikiforos Th. Charagionis, was born in 1914 in Melissona, South Evia. He moved to Athens when he was 8 years old and settled in Piraeus. His professional activity started before the war (1932), from a small pastry shop in the center of Piraeus, and a small business of transformers. After the Second World War, the patisserie grew into AKROPOLE, a facility comprising 1,000 sq. m. and employing 120 workers at the Square of the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus which for 43 years served the entire Attica area, enjoying a nationwide fame. In the early 60s and for five years, it had been a partner of INIOHOS SA, the exclusive representative of BRITISH LEYLAN (TRIUMPH and JAGUAR cars). In 1968 he founded N.CHARAGKIONIS SA, headquartered at the intersection of Kifissos and Kavala Streets, representing earthmoving and construction machinery firms (building cranes POTAIN, EDILMAC, excavators SENNEBOGEN, forklifts LINDE, compressors MACO) and the British cars BOND. Also, it had an office equipment department (calculators, typewriters, clocks). The then crisis in public works led to a redefinition of its objectives, focusing on real estate development, a sector in which it had been active since 1953.
The Group's Founder
Nikiforos Th. Charagionis, passed away full of years on 18.2.2011.
During the difficult prewar and postwar years, Nikiforos Th. Charagionis relied on the principles listed below which helped him take important decisions that marked his entire life:
- Anyone can succeed suffice it to want it.- There are always opportunities all around us; therefore, those who think they have been wronged by life, are simply lazy.
- Nobody has ever suffered any harm because of hard work. On the contrary, a person who is committed and passionate with any task, will no doubt succeed.
- We adhere to the letter to our obligations, either directly or through our partners.
- There is no greater pleasure than to see our works at full capacity, to the enjoyment of the public.
- Joy and prosperity are the fruit of work.
- Deprivation creates great men, while sufficiency creates bums.
- The lack of control creates the lawlessness while impunity breeds crime.