Expat Shopping closes down suddenly

15th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — The company that claimed to provide 13.5 million expats around the world with their favourite food from Britain has closed down.

15 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — The company that claimed to provide 13.5 million expats around the world with their favourite food from Britain has closed down.

Contacted by Expatica on Wednesday, an employee at Expat Shopping's headquarters in the UK confirmed the company has ceased operations.

She said there was no press release or spokesperson immediately available to comment on the closure. The managing director is currently on vacation.

Expat Shopping offered expats the opportunity to order home deliveries online. It also had three supermarket outlets in the Netherlands and three in the Germany.

There was no answer to phone calls to the Dutch stores in The Hague, Amsterdam and Amstelveen. There was also no answer from the Kronberg store in Germany, but a lawyer answered the phone at the Berlin store.

He said he had just been contacted by the liquidator in the Netherlands to have a "look around".

The company described itself in its publicity as "the award-winning internet supermarket supplying the 13.5 million British expats around the world with their favourites from home".

By Wednesday evening, there was no indication from the Expat Shopping website that the company had closed down. It even carried a note seeking people who would be interested in opening another store in the Netherlands, Germany or elsewhere.

The website also said: "due to recent guidelines imposed upon us we regret that we are no longer able to offer American products on our website, however we still have a full range in our stores. We apologise to all our customers".

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news + German news

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