Post office move extends hours

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A new home has been found for Great Cornard Post Office, which is set to move next month.

The post office – currently located in Broom Street – will close on May 13 ahead of the move to McColls in Applegate Mews, which opens at 1pm the following day.

As well as the new location, the Post Office has confirmed that it will open for an extra 71 hours per week, including all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoons.

The new branch will open significantly earlier and close much later every day, providing 112 hours of service per week.

It will also mark an end to lunchtime closing, making it more convenient for customers.

Dave Thomas, chief operating officer for McColls Retail Group, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our newly refurbished Great Cornard Post Office, which will offer a wide range of services alongside our extensive retail offer.

“Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

The local service will be provided at a combination counter in the store, where the post office terminal will sit alongside the retail till.

Customers will be able to access a wide range of services, including special delivery, local collect and online shopping returns,

Will Russell, Post Office regional manager, said the modernisation was part of a major government investment programme.

“We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents,” he said.

“We are confident that this vibrant new-style post office at the heart of the community will be popular.”

Under the previous parliament, the Government committed £1.34billion to the Post Office network.