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About Rossiters

Rossiters is an award-winning design-led department store set over four floors of a beautiful historic building right in the heart of Georgian Bath’s shopping district.

This store is much more than a shopping experience. It is an Aladdin’s Cave of interconnecting stairways and wood-panelled rooms that provide the perfect backdrop to its carefully curated selection of furniture, homewares, gifts and fashion.

Rossiters perfectly combines the avant guarde with classical style in all its departments. There is also a strong focus on up and coming British-based designers and manufacturers.

At the heart of the ground floor is the Kitchens Department - a great combination of practical and innovative products and tableware. These marry perfectly with china and glass selections from companies such as Emma Bridgewater, Burleigh, Cornishware and William Yeoward, as well as smaller international ceramics ranges from France, Denmark, Morocco and Tunisia.

Surrounding these departments are a labyrinth of rooms which explode with a luxurious selection of homewares, including cushions and throws, baskets and candles, as well as toiletries, gadget and gifts for kids, adults and even pets.

The upper floors provide room settings for a vast range of occasional furniture, dining ranges, sofas and artwork, including an exclusive range by designer Matthew Williamson. In addition, the characterful Interiors Department offers a full design service from the in-house team as well as access to an extensive range of fabrics and wallpapers.

A Gift List service is also available for those planning a special celebration or wedding. Rossiters prides itself on its high-standards of customer service and the product knowledge of its staff, who are adept at offering advice and dealing with tricky questions. The store’s basement houses yet another exclusive – the west’s only outlet of the Winser London clothing range.

This is less a store, more a destination, so when you plan your visit make sure you leave plenty of time to get lost in its delicious interior.

History

In 1961 Michael and Ann Rossiter, inspired by the shops in Bermuda where they had lived for several years returned to England and took over the lease of a small tobacconist shop at 40 Broad St Bath. Little more than a corridor this is now the Greetings Card department in the existing store.

They renovated the interior and filled it with Scandanavian designed Glass China and Kitchenware. Bath however was not ready for the new designs and it was not until the introduction of French cookware sourced and supplied by Elizabeth David that the shop started to show a profit.

In 1967 the Rossiters took over 41a Broad St and were now able to introduce a small range of Scandanavian furniture and the new designs of fabrics and storage units made by Conran. 

In 1960 the whole of 41 Broad St became vacant and upholstery and furniture by Gordon Russell was introduced. It was in 1970 that the Rossiters department store as we know it today started to emerge. In this year Bath City Council offered Rossiters the tenancy of 38 and 39 Broad St and the exciting opportunity to expand. It took 9 months to rebuild and refurbish the premises but at the end of this process the range was expanded and the store now traded over 7000 SqFt square feet.

 

Peter and Ann-Marie James

During the 1980’s an interior design department was opened stocking a large range of wallpapers and fabrics and the furniture offer was expanded. Towards the end of the 1980’s the much loved (but unprofitable) coffee shop was replaced by a department specialising in French cherrywood and oak furniture.

In 1999 another family department store operation, Wildings, bought the business from Michael and Ann. For the past decade husband and wife team, Peter and Ann-Marie James have developed the business. Changes have been introduced organically so the special Rossiters experience has not been affected.

 

 

Peter and Ann-Marie James