History of Botlek Stores

OUDEPANDhaven rotterdam 1960


The history of Botlek Stores starts in the late fifties of the last century. This is when the Rotterdam Harbour Authorities began developing plans for expanding the harbour westward in the direction of the sea. When the first ships started to arrive in the Botlek harbour in 1960 we were there to welcome the first seamen-customers (see picture). The ships were a lot smaller then and so was Botlek Stores.

Our growth since then went hand in hand with the growth of the harbour.




Now, more than half a century later, seamen from all over the world know there is only óne place to go when in Rotterdam, and that is Botlek Stores.