PO in call for retailer to run new services
The closure of the One Stop store in Abbotsbury Court in St Peter’s next year has prompted the Post Office to invite anyone interested in keeping its services running in the area to submit their applications.
One Stop has confirmed that the store will close next summer, which has raised fears for the future of the post office located in the store.
The Post Office says it wants to maintain its services despite the store closure and is seeking potential partners to keep them going, possibly on an alternative site.
Conservative councillor Roger Knight, pictured, who represents St Peter’s on Worcester City Council, has welcomed the Post Office’s commitment to trying to keep the services going.
A Post Office spokesperson said: “We’re aware of One Stop’s plans to close the branch on Abbotsbury Court in summer 2019.
“While these circumstances are beyond Post Office’s control, as we do not own the premises, we understand how important Post Office services are to communities and we remain absolutely committed to maintaining Post Office services in St Peter's.
“We will be looking for a solution, including partnering with a new retailer or small business, to ensure we can continue to serve the community. Any potential retail partners interested in running a branch should keep an eye on runapostoffice.co.uk where new opportunities are advertised as they arise.”
A spokeswoman for One Stop’s customer services team said: “We can confirm that we have taken the difficult decision to close our One Stop Worcester store.
“We understand that this is unwelcome news for both customers and colleagues alike.
“I'm sorry for any upset caused and we would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store over the years and for the great service our colleagues have provided.”
Cllr Knight said: “I’m reassured that the Post Office have said that they are committed to retaining Post Office services here in St Peter’s.
“The current facility is well used, it is the hub of the community and a resource that we must do everything we can to protect and retain.”