Village’s post office to relocate into nearby chemist

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A village post office is on the move - into the chemist.

Gregson Lane post office in Hoghton will relocate to Clayfields Chemist, Alder Drive.

The date for the switch has yet to be confirmed.

Posters will be displayed in the present Gregson Lane post office to advise customers of when the move will take place.

The post office said the service will be provided at an open-plan counter in the store, where the post office terminal will sit alongside the till.

The new branch will be designed to post office guidelines to ensure easy access and that there is adequate space for wheelchair users.

All staff will be trained to post office professional standards of service and security and there will also be a hearing loop at the counter.

Post office services will be available during the store’s longer opening hours, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to noon on Saturday.

The opening hours will increase by an extra seven hours a week.

Suzanne Richardson, regional manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style post office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.

“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the post office and will secure services for the future.

“The investment marks a commitment to our no more branch closure programme.”