About the Dutch Shop
The Dutch Shop was founded in September, 1968 by Jerry Hiemstra, a Dutch Immigrant who had previously opened one in Beamsville, Ontario as well. The store in Beamsville is since long gone. The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, however was sold to Bill and Agnes Bennink in 1971. They made a booming business of it and moved it to it's present location at 52 Main Street, West in Grimsby. After running the family business for 17 years, the Dutch Shop changed hands again. It was bought by Sippe and Delia Hibma in 1988. On March 28, 1995 the store was purchased by Jaco and Anne-Marie Haas.
Jaco was born and raised in Rozenburg, the Netherlands as part of a family of eight. He graduated from business college in Rotterdam and before moving to Canada, worked for Shell Nederland, in Pernis.
Anne-Marie grew up in Caledonia, Ontario. She studied for travel and tourism at Mohawk College in Stoney Creek and worked for Marlin Travel before marrying Jaco and moving with him to Rotterdam in 1992.
After 3 years they moved to Canada on a new venture to purchase their own business. The business flourished and in the summer of 1998 they were able to purchase the building and expand the Dutch Shop to over twice its original size. In 2001 a bakery was added and in 2005 the building beside the Dutch Shop was aquired to house a larger bakery, more products and to make room for a lunch corner that seats around 30 people. Today, the Dutch Shop stocks most of the present day food products from the Netherlands.
In 2010 the Dutch Shop underwent a total make-over again.
We welcome you to come and visit our store. Our address and business hours are listed below.
|Address||The Dutch Shop
52 Main Street West
Ontario L3M 1R4
|Our toll free number||1-800-975-4227|