A Taste of Russia

A taste of Russia has arrived at Longton Exchange Shopping Centre.

Olga’s and Annie’s Convenience has opened its doors selling food from Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The convenience store sells everything from smoked fish and dried fish to bread, cakes, drinks, alcohol, sausages, crisps and sweets.

The family business is run by 52 years-old Olga Titova and her 22 years-old daughter Annie who both moved from Latvia. Annie was just nine when she arrived.

Olga had been working as a manager in a shop in Latvia but started working in a factory when she came to the UK.

She knew how much she missed the food from home when she arrived, the dark coloured bread and the cakes made from cottage cheese. Olga decided to set up her own shop selling Russian food.

‘I am happy to be running the shop. I like my job,’ she said. ‘I like talking to the customers.’

The shop has been popular with people living in Longton. It has also attracted customers from as far as Newcastle, Crewe and Uttoxeter.

Some of her customers are from Russia. Others have tried Russian food for the first time and have enjoyed it so much they now come back every week.

The shop, which opened at the beginning of November, also sells food from Poland and Romania.

‘We are delighted to welcome Olga and Annie to Longton Exchange,’ said Centre Manager Yvonne Moulton. ‘We have an interesting range of stores at the centre and this is a great addition.’

Olga’s and Annie’s Convenience is at 67 The Strand

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