F&B restaurant is nestled in the Swiss Stores building downtown Kingston, and Swiss Stores Ltd has its own track record in the area of innovation. On June 24, 1958, Swiss Stores was the first store in Jamaica to offer air conditioning to its patrons, even when people were saying that it was not a good idea because closed doors would be perceived as being uninviting at the time. They pressed on with the idea, however, and it worked like a charm. Nowadays, having air conditioning in retail spaces seems almost routine.
In 2008 when the world economy took a downturn, and – as expected – Jamaica’s economy felt the pinch, Swiss Stores was not doing as well in the area of jewellery sales, and they seriously considered two options: fold or adapt. Thankfully, Ueli Bangerter and his partners chose to adapt, and what they adapted into is outstanding.
F&B DownTown: A little Oasis DownTown Kingston