Rushden Post Office is set to move from Wilkinson’s in the town to a pharmacy in the High Street.
Cherry Pharmacy at 85, High Street, will be the new home of Rushden’s Post Office branch.
We are confident this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the futureWill Russell
Its opening date has not yet been announced, but the new Post Office will have four serving positions, with two open-plan, one screened and an open-plan service point next to the retail till.
It will open during the store’s opening hours, which are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday.
Rushden Post Office has been operated by a temporary agent on behalf of the Post Office since the contract with the former Postmaster came to an end.
While the arrangement has allowed customers to continue being able to use Post Office services, it does mean the current service could close at short notice.
So bosses have been trying to find a more secure solution that would enable them to retain services locally in the longer term.
The move from the current site at Eaton Walk in Rushden is part of a major modernisation and a commitment to maintaining Post Office services.
The new Post Office will be housed within the newly built premises, and access will be level and via a wide automatic door.
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.”
A consultation on the move led to some comments in support of the move, welcoming the High Street location.
However, the main feedback focused on possible parking difficulties and traffic congestion in the area surrounding the proposed new location.
But Post Office bosses say this is a problem faced in many locations nationwide.
Having reviewed the situation, they say they are satisfied there is adequate parking in the vicinity.
Other respondents had concerns about space and manoeuvrability inside, and bosses have said they are 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.