Stoke-on-Trent post office forced to close while Co-op store undergoes makeover


A Stoke-on-Trent post office is to temporarily close for more than two weeks.

The post office inside the Co-op on Finstock Avenue, Blurton, will close from 1pm today (Saturday, August 15) before reopening on Thursday, September 3.

The branch has been forced to shut while the Co-op undergoes a £600,000 makeover.

A walk-in pop up shop will continue to serve the community during the temporary closure of the Co-op, but those wishing to use the post office will need to travel to Blurton Road or Newstead instead.

The new-look Co-op store will run on 100 per cent renewable electricity, and include hot food, Costa coffee express and bakery alongside an increased focus on fresh, heathy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and everyday essentials.

Work is also being carried out to improve the back of the shop and storage areas which will further enhance availability, choice and customer service.

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Alan Smith, Co-op area manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Blurton – the store will have a great new look and range to better serve our community.

“Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life.

“That is why we also want customers to know that they can become a member of their Co-op, and they can help to make a difference locally every time they swipe their membership card when buying own branded products.”

The Co-op’s contactless payment limit will be increased to £45 and students who are TOYTUM cardholders can get 10 per cent off their groceries when the branch reopens.

Customers say they are pleased that the store is undergoing a refurbishment, but wish a pop-up post office could have been set up as well.

Hilary Pritchard, aged 67, from Blurton, said: “It’s a shame that the post office has got to close because there is a lot of old people on the estate. If they don’t have bank cards and can’t withdraw money from an ATM they’ve had it.

“The Co-op store is in need of a refurbishment because there’s not enough room in there and it should have been done years ago. It’s been like this for a long time. I’m glad it’s being done and I’m looking forward to it reopening.

“But they could have set up a temporary post office in the Blurton Hub next door.”

Dale Hough says it is inconvenient the post office has had to shut.

18-year-old Dale Hough says it is ‘annoying’ that the post office has got to shut

The 18-year-old, from Blurton, said: “It’s a bit annoying and inconvenient the post office is going to be closed. I will have to go to the one on Blurton Road instead when I need to use it. It’s a long time that it’s going to be shut for.

“The Co-op store does need doing up and it needs more aisles. I look forward to it opening again because I use the shop every day. I’m glad there’s going to be a pop up shop that we can use while it is closed.”

And Phil Lee, aged 56, from Blurton, said: “Luckily I’ve got a car so I can drive to another post office, but I do see a lot of people using the post office who are disabled, have a walking stick or use a mobility scooter so it could be a problem for them.

“I’ll have to go the post office on Blurton Road instead, it’s going to be a bit of a change because this one is so handy to use. I’ll miss it while it’s closed.

“But it’s good that Co-op is being done up and I’m excited for it to reopen.”

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “The branch is closing because the Co-op are having a refurb. The branch closes on August 15 and will reopen on September 3.

“There are other post office branches on Blurton Road, Blurton, Brough Lane, Trentham, and one inside the Co-op on Mayne Street, Hanford.”





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