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Published on January 9th, 2015 | by admin

Post Office Branches With A Difference

Where’s the nearest Post Office to you? Some 99.7% of the total population apparently lives within three miles of a Post Office. Yet the reality is that it might not be the conventional location on the high street which first comes to mind.

That’s because as part of the transformation of the Post Office network, a number of branches are now located in some rather curious locations not normally associated with providing mailing services including envelopes, postage stamps as well as a whole host of financial products and services.

Amongst the unusual locations which now make up part of the network of more than 11,500 branches are churches and pubs as well as a monastery, pet shop, doctor’s surgery, tea room and a barber’s.

We learn that a growing number of pubs are dealing with post as well as pints, including the Bluebell Inn in Halkyn, North Wales which has marked its expansion by selling some new beers aptly called First Class and Special Delivery.

There is even an official branch located in a former cowshed (now a pub) near Bury St Edmonds in Suffolk!

Included in the places of worship which now double up as a Post Office branch is St James Church in West Hampstead, London. More than 2,000 Post Office branches are now open longer than ever before, including on Sundays though places of worship such as St James Church are an obvious exception to this.

The Post Office serves over 17 million customers a week as well as a third of small businesses and remains a key focal point of many communities.

So who knows, perhaps one of these less traditional branches is near you? Using the Post Office branch locator is certainly one way of finding out.

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