18 May 2022

Closure of Burstwick Stores ‘will be a very sad loss’

By Sam Hawcroft

The post office at Burstwick Stores will be closing on Saturday, May 14, with the rest of the shop closing down a couple of weeks later, the owners have confirmed.

The premises is being converted back into a residential property after the owners said the shop was no longer viable to run. It will close for good on Friday, May 27.

The Post Office said the Burstwick branch would be closing “temporarily”, and it was looking to restore a service in the area as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers can use the post office at Thorngumbald or Keyingham, which are both more than two miles from the Burstwick branch.

Burstwick resident and All Saints’ Church warden Tracey Netherton said it was a shame that the shop had not been better supported.

She said: “Jane and her family worked so incredibly hard for years, and especially during lockdown, to keep everyone stocked and happy. Jane arranged regular food drop-offs for those who couldn’t get out. This included medication and parcel collection too.

“If everyone in the village had just spent a few pounds each week in there, with over 800 houses in Burstwick, it might have made a difference.

“They even tried a coffee shop, which in other villages has been supported. It’s a very sad loss to the villagers who actively support and use the shop regularly, but sadly, some admit that, despite living in the village for over 10 years, their parcel collection at the end of last year was the first time they had set foot in the shop.

“I really feel for them all, including their wonderful staff, as they have worked so hard and are always happy to help in any way they can.”