Royal Capi-Lux was established in 1894 by the photographer C.A.P. Ivens when he opened his specialist photography shop in the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The company offered photographic equipment, supplies and services to professional and amateur photographers alike, and for many years, had stores in towns and cities across the Netherlands. During the last few decades, the company began to focus solely on airport retail and is no longer active outside this arena.
The company has a strong history of organic growth, and doubled in size when Royal Capi-Lux bought competitor Take-Off Multitronics in 2006 and merged it into the Capi organisation.