People are being asked for their views on plans to relocate Wellingborough Post Office.
The Post Office has said it is planning to create a new branch in Wellingborough to secure its services for customers for the long term.
The company is proposing to relocate its current branch at 5, Midland Road, into a vacant shop at 9-10 Sheep Street where it will be run by a retail partner and opening hours extended to include Saturday afternoons.
Roger Gale, the Post Office’s network and sales director, said: “We are confident that our proposal is the best way of safeguarding services for years to come.”
The new branch will continue to provide the same range of all Post Office’s services with the exception of the specialist biometric enrolment service on behalf of the Home Office.
The new premises will be completely refurbished and the Post Office will be within a dedicated area with five serving positions.
It will be run on a franchise basis alongside a convenience store.
Mr Gale added: “By opening more branches with retailers, bringing the benefits of shared footfall and overheads - often alongside extended opening hours as we are planning in Wellingborough - we are able to keep our presence in key locations.
“Post Offices offer a wide range of services - including everyday banking for the UK’s high street banks, online shopping returns and collections and foreign exchange – in a competitive marketplace.
“It’s vital that we continue to adapt to fast-changing consumer and high street trends so that our branches are sustainable for the future.”
A public consultation is being held on the proposed move from today (July 11) until August 22, with the relocation planned to take place in November.
Views and comments can be provided on the website at postofficeviews.co.uk, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.