Rushden Post Office is to open in its new home at Cherry Pharmacy in the High Street on December 9.
The new Post Office will have four modern serving positions - two open-plan, one screened and an open-plan Post Office service point next to the retail till.
We are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the futureWill Russell
It will open during the store’s opening hours of 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday.
Rushden Post Office has been operated by a temporary agent since the contract with the former postmaster came to an end.
While the arrangement has enabled the Post Office to maintain access to its services to customers, it has meant the current service could close at short notice.
So the Post Office has been actively seeking a more secure solution that would enable them to retain services locally long-term.
The current site at Eaton Walk in College Street, Rushden, will close at 12.30pm on Tuesday, December 8, and the new branch will open at 1pm the following day.
During the short period of transfer, the nearest Post Office will be Higham Ferrers Post Office in Wharf Road, which re-opened on Monday (October 5) after a major refurbishment.
The Rushden move is part of a major modernisation and a commitment to maintaining Post Office services.
Will Russell, regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Rushden and we are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“The modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
The Post Office will be housed within the newly built premises and access will be level and via a wide automatic door.
The main feedback from the consultation carried out about the proposed move focused on possible parking difficulties and traffic congestion in the area around the d new location.
But Post Office bosses say this problem is faced in many locations nationwide.
They have reviewed the situation and with restricted parking in High Street and disabled parking in the car park via a walkway to the parade of the shops in Rectory Road, they are satisfied there is adequate parking in the vicinity.
Other respondents during the consultation had concerns about space and manoeuvrability inside.
The Post Office has said it is working closely with the new operator on the internal layout.
Some fixtures and fittings will be removed or re-aligned for clear access into the premises.
The shopping aisles and the queuing area will be kept free from obstructions and adequate room for customers and a wheelchair to move around the shop with ease.