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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

ANNAN Post Office will make the move to the high street this autumn, and offer an extra 40 hours of service.

McColl’s will house the new Post Office, taking over from the current Costcutter service, which closes on October 18.
A Post Office spokesman yesterday said: “We are working hard to open the new branch as soon as possible to avoid a loss in service and limit any disruption of Post Office services to our customers.
“Although the decision has been made to relocate the branch, we will still be consulting on the plans for the branch to become one of our new main style branches.”
The proposal is for Post Office services to be provided from three modern serving positions – two full-screened counters plus a low-screened Post Office serving point at the retail counter.
There will be an extra 40 hours and 30 minutes a week of Post Office service, including all-day Sunday and Saturday afternoon.
Chief operating officer for McColl’s Retail Group, Dave Thomas, said: “We are delighted to soon be welcoming Post Office customers to our Annan store, which offers a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer.”
Suzanne Richardson, Post Office regional network manager, said: “This move will help safeguard Post Office services for this community and it will also make 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.
“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.”
The Post Office is now inviting customers to give their comments on the move in a six-week public consultation.
They want to feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken.
The consultation will close on October 12.
Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to [email protected], via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
 Customers can also share their views online at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 189818.

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