Heritage & Legacy

Founded over forty years ago by five brothers – Bernard, Norman, Tyrone and the late Dennis & Don Bakos – Bakos Brothers is today one of South Africa’s most iconic brands, with a heritage of exceptional service and offerings of a quality that few can match.

The story of the company began with family, with the dynamic vision of five brothers who, with an eye for the future and entrepreneurial flair, established a retail furniture store in Rissik Street, Johannesburg, in 1971.

The brothers’ passion for elegant living together with their formidable teamwork and drive saw the business grow steadily throughout the 70s, with new stores opening in 1973 (Bree Street), 1976 (President Street), 1977 (Rosebank Mall) and 1979 (Market Street).

The brothers’ entrepreneurial flair came to the fore in its most obvious way in 1976, when television was finally made available to the South African public. Recognising the massive potential of this new offering, the brothers’ moved quickly to establish Bakos Brothers as the country’s number one television retailer.

The growth of the company at this time led to the company’s diversification and the establishment of a property development division. The first major project of this new division was in 1977 with the development of a fifty-three-store shopping centre in Nelspruit – in what is today Mpumalanga province. The first of its kind in the town, the new shopping centre helped revitalise the area in which it was built and today forms a key component of the town’s central business and commercial hub.

Since that time, Bakos Brothers have continued to expand, opening new retail stores and developing increasingly impressive properties – always with an unwavering dedication to class and taste.

With each new store and development, the reputation of the company has grown in stature. Today, the company’s furniture stores are an inspiration to South African homeowners and lifestyle gurus alike, havens of taste and luxury renowned throughout the country, while its property developments stretch throughout Sandton, Johannesburg.

These landmarks include prestige office developments, the luxurious Sandhurst Estates and the much remarked Decorating Centre in Dunkeld, Hyde Park – a first-of-its-kind building that offers discerning consumers a complete solution for all their decorating, design, planning and furnishing desires. Another four impeccably stylish showrooms complete Bakos Brothers’ luxury living portfolio: located in Sandton City, the Design Quarter in Fourways, in Nelspruit and in Pretoria.

Today, as in 1971 when the company was founded, the mission, vision and heart behind the Bakos name continues to hold firm: to provide only the finest and best quality furniture from all four corners of the globe, to deliver the very latest international designs, and to always, without fail, maintain world-class service standards.

The future is bright for the company, with a new generation of the family owned and run business continuing the proud legacy of their fathers, extending the 160 combined years of retail and property experience that has made Bakos Brothers synonymous with quality and unmatched service.