When Jim Anderson joined the UN more than thirty years ago, he never thought that he would one day be running a British shop in St. Genis-Pouilly, France, just across the border from Geneva. Impressed by the lengths to which his compatriots would go to bring back their favorite foods from England, the inspiration came to him to open a small market specializing in British food products. He will never forget opening day on April 2, 1996. The parking was jammed with cars, and people were queueing around the store and all the way out onto the pavement. Since then the shop has expanded and Jim attributes the success to listening to what people want and need. He must be doing something right, because our friendly little English shop in St. Genis Pouilly is a well established institution among Geneva’s expatriate community and locals alike.
Jim’s wife Margaret, even though retired, is to be seen more often in the shop, ensuring everything runs smoothly. With Margaret on board, the desire to open a new store in Switzerland soon became a reality for Jim. Ask Margaret for any special orders or items that you would like to see on the shelves at Jim’s, in either St. Genis-Pouilly or Gland.
Jim and Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Mihaela, has been running the Tearoom in St. Genis since 2010. Many of the customers remember her from the
days when she prepared the fish and chips from the van and from the restaurant with her husband Brian. She now keeps everything running smoothly in the Tearoom with the capable assistance of Kim, who has perfected the art of making perfect fish and chips! Kim can also be seen in and around the St. Genis shop, and working on the till.
Following the opening of Jim’s second store in Gland, you are likely to see a few new faces amongst our staff. Shop manager, Vanezza Cooper, is a very welcome addition to the team and you will see him helping out Jim and Margaret in Gland.