As the oldest retail business on the Lisburn road, the Arcadia is a local institution having operated from the same unit since 1933. The shop is currently in the ownership of Mark and Laura Brown, the third generation of the family to operate the shop.
Ellen Brown originally ran the shop as a bakery, it morphed into a general grocery store and then, when her son William took over, it began to specialise in more exotic foodstuffs from across Europe and the world turning it into the fine food emporium it is today.
Having taken over the shop from his father in 2006, Mark and Laura have completely refurbished it turning it into a multi award-winning business.
They have worked hard to position Arcadia at the heart of the local foodie scene by encouraging artisan food start ups by stocking their produce and establishing a strong personality amidst local foodies through food events and social media channels. In recent years a new confidence in the local food scene has seen an explosion in local products and The Arcadia is proud to be a showcase for local products alongside those from further afield.
Five years ago, Arcadia launched its first ecommerce website to bring our gift hamper expertise to a wider audience.
In 2018, The Arcadia celebrates its 85th Anniversary.