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Community / Commercial Street Post Office set to close

The old post office on Commercial Street. Photo: Shetland News

THE COMMERCIAL Street Post Office is in line to close its doors for good in January amid plans to move services to Conochies.

The Post Office is currently running a consultation on the plans as it looks to “secure the long term viability of Post Office services in Lerwick”.

Postal services at nearby newsagents Conochies would be unchanged and opening hours would be increased to include Sundays.

The Post Office said “vast majority” of its branches are operated with retail partners.

“We believe this is the best approach to keeping Post Offices in main shopping locations and at the heart of communities where they play an important role in local economies,” it said.

The new Post Office area in Conochies would be within a dedicated area at the left of the store.

There will be three serving positions, which has been based on current and forecast future business levels; one open plan position and one traditional screened position which will also provide travel money services, and an open plan service point at the retail counter.

The main counter would be open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5.30pm, providing customers access to services for an extra eight hours a week.

The serving position located at the retail till will offer customers a selected range of Post Office products and services, without having to join the main queue, over extended hours Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and Sundays from midday to 5pm.

The public is invited to offer their thoughts online.

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