The independent bookseller is listed among the top 10 bookshops in Brussels in the Brussels Tourist Board Visit Brussels’ city guide.
“We're very sad to bring you the news that the decision has been made to close Sterling. Although our sales have been strong over the last few months, a difficult year including the spring lockdown and the cancellation of the Antwerp Bookfair has led our owners to make the decision to close our doors.”, the bookstore’s management wrote.
Between now and 7 February Sterling Books is selling its remaining stock at a 50% discount. This led to long queues forming outside the store on Saturday.
On its Facebook page the bookstore added “Needless to say, we're enormously saddened by this turn of events. The support of our customers has been incredible, this year more than ever, and we know how much the shop means to so many people. We'd like to thank you for your loyalty and friendship over all these years”.
Fortunately, English-speaking bibliophiles in Brussels are well-served with several other shops specialised in English-language books operating in the capital. Furthermore, other booksellers such as Passa Porta, Standaard Boekhandel and Fnac also have a selection of books in English. This is also the case in charity shops such as Spullenhulp/Les Petits Reins and Oxfam Solidariteit.