Published on September 2nd, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings
Post Office Branch Opening Marks Milestone
Last Sunday saw the number of Post Office branches open seven days a week hit the 3,000 mark for the first time.
This significant milestone was reached with the opening of the Bergh Apton branch in Norfolk, where customers can post and collect parcels as well as buy euros. A garden centre near Norwich which also operates as a farm shop and restaurant, the latest Post Office branch to open on Sundays now also provides traditional postal services.
The Post Office network includes more than 11,500 branches and aims to be the UK’s largest retail network trading seven days a week by 2016. As well as providing mailing services including envelopes, postage stamps plus some collectibles, Post Office branches also provide a whole host of financial products and services.
The Post Office is transforming more than 8,000 branches into new, modern retail outlets and investing in more than 3,000 community branches. This follows consumer research which had shown that almost a third of people (31%) would use their local Post Office more regularly if it was open on a Sunday.
Unconventional Post Office branches
Some 99.7% of the total population lives within three miles of a Post Office and amongst the locations which have now been established as Post Office branches with a difference include pubs, coffee shops and even churches.
Indeed the Bluebell Inn pub located in Halkyn, North Wales is one such example and has marked its expansion by selling some new beers aptly called First Class and Special Delivery.
As part of the Post Office modernisation programme, three Post Office branches are even now open for 24 hours a day including Birmingham Airport’s Spar Store branch.
Serving over 17 million customers a week as well as a third of small businesses, Post Office branches remain a key focal point of many communities.