Asfordby’s new-look Post Office to open for longer but customers remain in dark over Melton service’s future

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Asfordby’s new-look Post Office will be open for an extra 39-and-a-half hours a week when the service re-launches next month - but a question mark still hangs over the future of Melton’s Post Office with just a couple of months to go until it stops running at the town’s Co-op store.

The Asfordby Post Office will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday, November 3, for its refurbishment, reopening at 1pm on Friday, November 13.

The new-look service will be open from 5.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and 6am to 1.30pm on Sunday.

Customers will be able to access a range of Post Office and mail services including special delivery, local collect, home shopping returns, online banking, cash deposits and withdrawals.

Other services will include withdrawals using a Post Office card account, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, paying bills, pre-ordering travel money, applying for travel insurance and topping-up mobile phones.

Area manager Caroline Pritchard said: “We’re confident 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 no more branch closure programmes.”

Meanwhile rumours persist about possible locations for Melton’s Post Office when the Co-op closes in January.

But as yet there has been no definite news from the Post Office. A spokesman said this week it was ‘currently exploring alternative premises to offer the Post Office services to local customers.’