Businesses in Melton interested in providing a new home for Melton’s Post Office have only until August 3 to put themselves forward.
The town branch has been housed in the Co-op store on Scalford Road for more than eight years but the store chain is ending the arrangement from January because it says it is no longer cost-effective.
The Post Office said it was still seeking a new premises in Melton and has repeated its invitation for applications from other business owners, with an annual fee income of £80,000.
A spokesperson said this week: “We would like to reassure customers that the Post Office is committed to maintaining a Post Office service in Melton Mowbray. “We are currently seeking a new operator for the Post Office and there has been some early interest from local retailers.”
The Post Office said it would not reveal which organisations had shown an interest in hosting the branch but one potential new site is the Bell Centre, in Nottingham Street, where the Post Office was previously based before its move to the Co-op.
Tom Meynell, of Andrew and Ashwell, the agents for the shopping mall, told the Melton Times: “We have been in negotiations with the Post Office but it is very early stages and nothing has been decided.
“It would be great for the Bell Centre if the Post Office moved there.”
Any business interested in providing a new home for the branch can do so via the Post Office website at www.postoffice.co.uk/business-opportunities and they can get further information on the issue by emailing NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk or telephoning 0845 266 8790.