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Postby honey » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:25 am

I am considering starting a small British food shop in the General Toshevo area, would there be much interest out there? It could operate in several ways;
1. I could just stock goods and people could just come and shop. Or
2. I could take on - line orders on a monthly basis and get it sent over.

It would only be a small concern, and the idea came from a bunch of ex-pats in the area. initially, it would only be tinned, bottled, and dry stuff, but who knows what might come later. I am interested in any feedback from thos of you who would consider travelling to GT for such a service

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Postby polly » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:43 am

Would you be stocking marmite, digestive biscuits and cheddar cheese then ?
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Postby honey » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:00 pm

polly wrote:Would you be stocking marmite, digestive biscuits and cheddar cheese then ?
:lol:

Just to name a few things, just think how light your luggage will be! :lol:
Also Branston Pickle, English mustard, Hobnobs etc, etc

I hope you will come and shop :P

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Postby Pelican » Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:55 pm

Yep we'd be up for that.

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Postby leedarkwood » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:01 pm

Not wishing to be depressing, but there seems to be a few of these shops now springing up, and I am wondering how many jars of marmite the brit community can eat???? :lol: I have packed 10 jars which is ten years supply for me!

How many full time brits are there in Bulgaria?

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Postby tracyy » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:08 pm

Some people might even be leaving to escape Marmite :D :D
Seriously though lee has a good point about number of customers.

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Postby honey » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:10 pm

Hi Lee
I do get your point, but it is more of a service than a shop. I dont expect to make money on this, however, everything seems to be in Varna or Sophia, and many of us do not always want to go to the city for a bottle of HP sauce.
If i am going to order food stuffs for myself and friends, i just though i might just as well order for others in the area.

If no one else is interested, then i will probably just organise it for the people I know, it matters not.

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Postby kiboko » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:40 am

Go for it.

British cuisine is a little more than Marmite & brown sauce.

Promote yourself with the indiginous Bulgarian community.

I am sure that many Bulgarians will be delighted to have an opportunity to sample British fare, which includes a huge range of attractive & tasty manufactured treats with very long shelf life. A few have already been mentioned in earlier posts..

Bulgarian sweeties, just like all foreign sweeties, are of a tiny & miserable range when compared with the British. This is sweeties, remember, not high class confectionery which in most places is made far better than the British can.

You could negotiate with local baker to make British speciality cakes / pastires with a decent shelf life. Welsh cakes, eccles cakes, lardy cake spring to mind.
Local make will mean local pricing which will mean good local sale price. Local butcher to make British style speciality sausages.
Import is not your only option.

Sensible bulk sourcing & shipment should enable a decent mark up on imports.

Good luck. I hope you enjoy your venture & make some money.

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Postby honey » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:37 pm

It always saddens me when the British response to ideas is negative, especially when talking about food and cannot get past marmite :cry:
Kiboko, you have made some great suggestions and i will definately look into working with Bulgarians to making some British fayre.
I know when i have shared some British food and recipes with my Bulgarian friends, they loved it, even if it is just for the experience.
Seasonal stuff was also a hit, such as xmas pudding and xmas crackers, which they thought were a hoot :lol:

I will go ahead with my idea, and have a lot of fun with it

Andree :P

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Postby Pelican » Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:28 pm

Good on you Andree, our home made mince pies were the talk of the town at Xmas.

There must also be other non-food stuffs/novelty items, that would go down a storm with some Bulgarians. I sure people will inundate you with suggestions.


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