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Post Office service to move into Coop store

Belford Post Office is on the move to new premises where it will open as a new ‘local’ style branch seven days a week.

The new branch at the Coop on West Street, 130 metres from its current site on Church Street, will open on Wednesday, March 26.

In response to feedback during the consultation, the range of products available at the new branch will be extended to include manual banking, Transcash, and Royal Mail and Parcelforce International Services.

The move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business. Suzanne Richardson, Post Office regional manager for North England, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Belford and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the community and secure services for the future.

She added: “This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Post office customers will benefit from opening hours with the new branch due to be open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Sunday.

The Post Office has assured customers that the new branch will be in line with Post Office specifications, with sufficient space for the new style local Post Office to operate alongside the retail offer.

Working with the new operator the internal layout and some fixtures and fittings will be re-aligned to make sure there is adequate room for customers, aisles kept clear, adequate space provided for customers and wheelchairs to manoeuvre, and that privacy is provided at the Post Office till point, which will be open plan and located on the shop counter.

The present Belford Post Office will close at 17:30 on Tuesday, March 25 with the new branch at Co-operative Food scheduled to open at 1pm the following day.

 

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