Bob and Jim’s first opened their doors in the remote coastal town of Esperance in 1973. The shop eventually moved from its original location down near the Dempster homestead, to its current location, changing hands a few times. It is a testament to the community spirit of supporting a local business that 35 years down the track, the granddaughter of the original Jim was eventually able to take the helm again of this family-owned general store.
Anna (Jims granddaughter) and Raana are two friends who were brought together by a shared love of food and babies. They had often dreamed about owning a small independent grocer that could feed their culinary desires with quality fresh produce and delicious treats so when the store came on the market (now known as BJ’s) they jumped at the chance to follow their dream and to bring the store back to its family origins – Bob & Jim’s General Store is reborn.
Anna and Raana both love good food, creating dishes with ‘hard to find’ ingredients. Raana has a passion for the environment her care for the earth has translated into innovative changes within the day to day operations of the business to make it greener. Anna loves hunting for unique and hard to find ingredients and was determined that this remote location wouldn’t hinder her foodie adventures.
They care about their community, the environment, both locally and globally and are proud to support Australian Farmers, small boutique food producers and local artisans