Proposed move for Rushden Post Office

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Rushden’s post office could be on the move.

The Post Office is proposing to re-locate its branch to Cherry Pharmacy, in High Street, where it would open as a “modern main-style” branch.

The new post office would have four serving positions – two open-plan, one screened and an open-plan Post Office service point next to the retail till.

It would open during the store’s opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday: 9am to 5.30pm.

Rushden Post Office has been operating in the Wilko shop in Eaton Walk, College Street, on a temporary basis since the contract with the former postmaster came to an end.

A Post Office spokesman said: “While this arrangement has enabled us to maintain access to Post Office services to our customers, this does mean the current service could close at short notice.

“Therefore we have been actively seeking a more secure solution that would enable us to retain services locally into the longer term.

“The proposed location is about 320 metres from the current site and is part of a major modernisation and a commitment to maintaining Post Office services.”

Regional network manager Will Russell 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 is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six-week public consultation which will close on July 15, 2015.

Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email, via the Customer Helpline, 08457 22 33 44, or Textphone, 08457 22 33 55.

Customers can also share their views on the proposed move with an online questionnaire – branch code 224226.