Could you take on Woolbrook Post Office?
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Post Office bosses are investigating options to retain a branch in Woolbrook after the resignation of the postmaster.
For the last three years, the facility has shared the same premises as Jurassic Vets, which will not be affected by the temporary closure on November 8.
Post Office decision-makers are now looking for other businesses in the area that would benefit from an increase in footfall – that could be anything from a pub to a pharmacy.
Jurassic Vet’s Peter Martin, said: “The Post Office branch has done really well in our waiting room, and is busier than ever before.
“However, since the previous Post Office manager decided to move to a new role outside Sidmouth, the branch now needs to join a retail-focused business, such as a shop or supermarket, so that Woolbrook residents can continue to enjoy the wide range of services offered by a local Post Office.”
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A Post Office spokesman said business at the Woolbrook branch has grown 10 per cent over the last three years and it is Sidmouth’s busiest destination for parcel post. It offers services from stamps to travel insurance.
The spokesman added: “The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is important to us, and we will continue to work hard to restore services in the area as soon as possible.
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“We would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running Woolbrook Post Office on our behalf.
“I would like to assure you that we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community.
“In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office Limited.
“Future provision will reflect customer numbers and usage and we may take the opportunity to establish an alternative type of service.
“This will be determined by the opportunities that are available to us in the locality.”
To view the advert for the Woolbrook branch, visit www.runapostoffice.co.uk. Anyone interested in taking it on should call 0845 601 6260.