No formal applications have been received from any retailers in Melton interested in taking over the running of the town’s Post Office from a new location from January.
The worrying news comes five months since the Post Office advertised for a new operator.
It had set an August 3 deadline (Monday) for applications to host the service to be received but this has now been extended due to the lack of firm interest.
The Melton Times broke the news in March that the Co-op supermarket in Scalford Road had decided to stop running the Post Office service, with Co-op bosses saying the decision was made ‘because the relationship between the organisations was no longer cost-effective’ from their point of view.
The Post Office moved to the Co-op in February 2007 after previously operating from the Bell Centre shopping mall on Nottingham Street for several years after moving from a large premises on Windsor Street.
Last month we revealed that the agents for the Bell Centre, Andrew and Ashwell, had been in negotiations with the Post Office, sparking hopes the service may move back there.
But those hopes now look remote after a Post Office spokesman confirmed this week that no formal applications to run the service had yet been made.
The spokesman added: “We’d like to reassure customers that the Post Office is committed to maintaining a service in Melton.
“We’re currently seeking a new operator. Applications to run this main Post Office, with annual fee income of around £80,000, can be made via our website www.postoffice.co.uk/business-opportunities. For more details call us on 0845 266 8790 or email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk.”