Entrepreneur Andre relaunches family-run Southsea business

Andre Guedeney at the relaunched Andre's Food bar in Osborne Road, Southsea (160038-4)
Andre Guedeney at the relaunched Andre's Food bar in Osborne Road, Southsea (160038-4)
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HE HAS been working there since he was a child – and now Andre Guedeney has taken the reins of his family’s business.

The 35-year-old, from North End, has relaunched the company started by his parents in 1988, and opened it as Andre’s Food Bar.

Known for years as La Croissanterie, the shop in Osborne Road, Southsea, has been revamped with new decor and a range of new food.

People gathered outside the business, which has been closed since Christmas, on Saturday to see it officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas.

Andre said: ‘We were hoping it was going to be busy but it’s great to see so many people here. We’ve got more food on offer now as well as the favourites we used to sell.

‘I have been working here since I was about five years old and I’ve always enjoyed it.

‘I didn’t think I would still be here but I am pleased that I am.’

Cllr Jonas said: ‘This opening is great for the area.

‘This is what we want to see in Portsmouth, individual businesses doing well.’