Piccadilly SA:
your trusted service station in Ticino.


Our story begins at the end of 1954, when the siblings Bruno and Beatrice Baumgartner opened the first petrol station in Balerna Bisio 1, a station that bore no brand name and had no shop.

Since 1955 the supply of fuels was assured by the then Raffineria Lombarda Petroli of Villasanta, belonging to the Tagliabue group of Monza. On behalf of the same group, CIF Petrol was established in Mendrisio, which displayed its brand name at the Bisio 1 service station.

In 1959 with the withdrawal of CIF Petrol from the Swiss market, the distributor of Balerna Bisio 1 was identified with the brand Mobil which started a further collaboration with a major oil company worldwide.

During his many trips to Switzerland, Mr. Tagliabue, who used to refuel at his petrol station in Bisio (an obligatory stop before crossing the border again), pointed out the absence of a sales service for cigarettes, Knorr nuts and chocolate for himself and his family. Bruno Baumgartner then had the idea of opening a small store in Bisio 1, the first in Ticino, attached to a petrol station.

In those days, gasoline was sold year-round, 24 hours a day. The first Italian customers came to fill up at night.

The Piccadilly brand now has 40 service areas located throughout the Canton of Ticino and an administrative headquarter in Mendrisio.

A curiosity about us: the name Piccadilly, which has remained unchanged for more than 60 years, comes from Piccadilly Circus!
The name was given after the then mayor of Balerna, Mr. Laim, returning from a trip to London, noticed a coming and going of cars forming a carousel in front of the Bisio petrol station and compared it to the well-known intersection.


From the beginning, we made our customers' needs a source of inspiration for our business.

A family tradition with strong values:

simplicity / reliability / speed / tradition / familiarity / customer focus

Our mission is to simplify our customers' day by providing fast, quality service, right at their fingertips and beyond normal business hours.

We help you use your time efficiently.


Our vision? Simply to be the service station leader in Ticino.


Working for Piccadilly means joining a big family. Our strength lies in the smile of those who welcome you in the morning for coffee, in the speed of those who serve you at the checkout while you are late to get to work, in the reliability of those who take care of the back-office and the attention of those who choose the assortments of our shops.

We do not have any open positions at the moment. Please check regularly for upcoming job opportunities at Piccadilly.



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