Rushlake Green is getting its village post office back after the former Post Office closed its doors in August 2012 due to circumstances beyond the Post Office’s control when premises were withdrawn from its use.
Now a Post Office is now set to open at the previous location, The Stores opposite the village green.
The Express has been told it will feature a modern, open plan retail environment and open 47.5 hours a week more than the previous office.
The new Post Office is set to open its doors on Friday, April 17 at 9am.
The Stores’ new owner has been responsible for agreeing that the vital village service can be restored.
A Post Office spokesman said: “It will become one of our new-style Post Office local branches with services provided from a Post Office terminal beside the till at the retail counter instead of from a separate screened counter.”
Services will be available during the convenience store’s opening hours, on Monday to Friday: 7am-6pm and on Saturday from 7am–1pm.
Previously the branch was open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am–1pm, therefore, the branch will open 47 hours and 30 minutes a week more than before.
The reopening is part of a major modernisation programme and commitment to maintaining the size of the Post Office network.
Julia Marwood, Regional Manager said: “I know that the local community will join me in welcoming this good news We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Rushlake Green and we are confident this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”
Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £2bn investment for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November 2013 the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018. Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
The Post Office has an national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of communities in the UK. It has made a commitment to maintaining its network of branches at its current size and reach.