Belgium’s British supermarket Stonemanor will have to close both premises the weekend of February 6th and 7th. The cause, the store announced, was linked to extremely low levels of stock caused by difficulty importing some goods.
For many years, Stonemanor has been the place where many Englishmen and women can find goods such as Twiglets, Crumpets, Worcester Sauce, Marmite, Dandelion, specialized English Tea, Burdock and many other goods they used to easily find in the UK.
Part of the announcement from Stonemanor reads, “Unfortunately due to the current stock levels in our stores we will be taking a short break this weekend, so both stores will be closed on the 6th & 7th of February. Everberg will reopen Tuesday the 9th at 10 AM, and S-G-Rode will reopen Monday the 8th at 10 AM.”
The store has tried to find alternatives to get the products. This means that some of the goods will have to be dispatched from other sources. The company’s management has been able to secure delivery from a butcher in Ireland. This means that Stonemanor customers will be able to find sausages, bacon and black and white pudding as of the 9th of February, when the store reopens.
Imports from the UK to several EU countries has tanked in early 2021, with companies struggling with the challenges linked to logistics and all the necessary procedures. There are new export documents, and longer delivery times caused by stricter custom checks. This has been the case since the changes due to Brexit came into effect on January 1st, 2021.