Northern Ireland Spar operator stockpiling products
Amid supreme court rulings, allegations of criminal wrongdoing by the PM and the general Brexit chaos that we have grown accustomed to, the clock is desperately ticking for small businesses in Northern Ireland, and one supermarket operator has pushed the button on emergency preparations by stockpiling products in preparation for a "no-deal" scenario.
24 September 2019
John Henderson Holdings, which operates one of Northern Ireland’s largest retail chains including Spar, EuroSpar and Vivo stores, has begun stockpiling “certain food products” as part of preparations for a “no-deal Brexit”.
The Irish Times reports that the family-owned company is working on plans to minimise the adverse effects of the UK crashing out of the EU on 31 October. Alongside its suppliers, the group has been working toward this solution for some months.
These plans include ensuring that “additional stocks are in place to satisfy our demands, securing additional warehouse space as we build stock of ambient and frozen lines, and also identifying product lines that may be at higher risk of shortage.”
John Henderson Holdings owns and operatess 80 supermarkets, convenience stores and forecourts through Henderson Retail, along with Henderson Wholesale, which provides marketing and distribution to more than 470 grocery retailers.
At the time of writing, the chaos and confusion in Westminster are prolonging the confusion as to what exactly retailers, consumers and the general population should expect at the end of October, so we suspect there will be more reports in the coming weeks of companies taking matters into their own hands.