Post Office reports 3,000 branches are now open on Sundays
The UK Post Office has announced it has hit the 3,000 mark for branches now open seven days a week. In a statement issued today (28 August), the Post Office commented: “The opening of Bergh Apton branch [see picture] in Norfolk this week will see the Post Office hit the 3,000 mark. This takes the Post Office closer to its goal of being the UK’s largest retail network trading seven days a week, which it expects to reach within the next year.”
The Post Office added that, as well as being open at weekends, many branches are open earlier and later. The earliest branch opens at 3.30am and the latest closes at midnight. In addition, said the Post Office, three branches are running an “open all hours” 24/7 service.
Kevin Gilliland, Network Director at Post Office, commented: “Our customers’ needs are changing, and so are we. We intend to be the largest retail network in the UK open seven days a week. Through our modernisation programme, our branches are open when and where people want them to be, offering customers real convenience to return online shopping items, pay bills or withdraw cash at a time that suits them best”.
Post Office branches have been established in a wide variety of locations, from pubs to coffee shops and even churches. The home of the new Post Office in Bergh Apton, for example, is Green Pastures, which combines a garden centre, farm shop and restaurant.
The full Post Office network includes more than 11,500 branches, making it the largest retail network in the UK.
Click here to view a video which includes interviews with the owners of the Bergh Apton store, as well as members of the public sharing their opinions on the Post Office services.