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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.

July 2007 saw the launch of a new Rossiters Store in Cardiff where the response has been just a positive as it is in Bath.


Peter and Ann-Marie James