Will moving main Scunthorpe Post Office in High Street to food shop get stamp of approval?
TALKS have started over plans to relocate the main Scunthorpe Post Office in the High Street to the Fultons Food discount store.
The proposed move is part of a multi-million-pound scheme by company bosses to convert around 6,000 branches in the UK over a three-year period into new style outlets.
Customers in Scunthorpe have been told the switch to the new site in the discount store in The Parishes Shopping Centre could take place as early as next February, subject to the outcome of the consultations.
The trading hours will also be extended from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.
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Shoppers have been promised there will be five serving positions in a site that will be a mixture of screened and open plan.
At present, the High Street branch, which employs eight staff, trades from 9am until 5.30pm six days a week and is closed on Sundays.
Post Office regional network manager for central England, Adrian Wales, said: "We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Scunthorpe and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
"The proposed changes to the branch are part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6,000 branches – about half the Post Office network – converting to new-style branches."
If the plan does get the go-ahead, it will be the third relocation for the main Scunthorpe Post office in more than 100 years.
The business had traded in Cole Street from 1905 until 2003 when it switched to a new site on Market Hill.
In May 2008, the Scunthorpe postmaster Tony Beety invested £100,000 on a second move to the site of the former Dee Jays fashion store, expressing confidence the relocation would regenerate trade in the High Street and increase footfall.
Consultations will run until January 11 to allow for the holiday period over Christmas.
Contact the customer helpline on 08457 223344.