Published: 10:00, 31 January 2018 |
Updated: 12:41, 31 January 2018
The Post Office is to launch a seven-day-a-week outlet in Sheerness just yards from its Broadway branch and says the two will run alongside each other.
The new Clock Tower Post Office in the Premier Corner Shop next to the town's clock tower will open at 1pm on Wednesday, February 28, after a two-week refit.
The news comes two years after the Post Office announced plans to scrap the Broadway branch.
A spokesman insisted today: "There are no plans to close Sheerness Post Office. Sheerness and The Clock Tower branches will both serve the town."
Mr Barrett, 55, from Minster, said: "My wife Dawn and I have both completed courses to become Postmasters. Additional phone lines and security cameras have already been installed.”
Builders move in on February 17. The shop will remain open during the refurbishment. His existing staff will run the Post Office counter but two part-timers may be needed later.
"Our customers are really looking forward to it. Luckily, it is a large store with plenty of space. I suppose I will now have to buy a red Postman Pat van.”
The wheelchair-friendly shop will retain all its lines apart from its £1 range. Two new counters are being added where the wine-chiller currently now stands.
Cheryl Sitch, Post Office network operations manager said: "We want to make it as easy as possible for customers to pay their bills, withdraw cash from their bank accounts and send and collect their mail at a time and place that suits them best.
"We know how important our services are to customers and are confident this brand new Post Office, alongside the other branch in Sheerness, will ensure people in Sheerness have easy access to our services."
CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said at the time: "This is devastating news for our members. It is death by a thousand cuts.
"The Post Office should never have been split from Royal Mail – natural synergies and public services have been sacrificed for greed and profit."
Royal Mail, which owns the Broadway premises and operates a delivery office at the back, said it had no plans to move its operations.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.