Two Brighton post offices are to reopen with extended hours and a bigger range of services after refurbishments.
The County Oak Post Office in Carden Avenue is currently closed for improvements, and due to reopen next Thursday, 26 May at 1pm, and then from 7am to 6pm.
And the Islingword Road post office in Hanover is due to close from June 1 to June 17, when it will reopen seven days a week from 8am – 8pm without closing for an hour at lunchtime as it currently does.
David Gold, Area Manager said: “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.
“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”
Customers who usually use the County Oak branch are advised to use Hollingbury Post Office in Preston Drove or Woodbourne Avenue Post Office, and customers of the Islingword Road branch can use the Lewes Road or St James Street post offices.
The new County Oak branch will now offer manual banking (non-barcoded transactions), Transcash, and Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide International parcels. Payment by cheque will still be accepted
There will also be sufficient space for customers to queue within the store so they can reach the Post Office and retail counter without hindrance, and a ramp will be added to the entrance. Robust security arrangements will be in place.
At Islingword Road, a full bureau de change on demand service will be added to the wide range of products and services already available.