A Post Office’s tired interior is to be revitalised thanks to the government’s £1.34bn investment and its vow to ensure there are no more closures.
Tring’s High Street branch will close on Wednesday, April 23, for more than two weeks while its shopfloor is transformed into a new and modern open plan space. It will reopen and debut its new look on Monday, May 9 at 1pm.
The branch’s Saturday opening hours are also being extended and customers will soon be able to use the services until 5.30pm instead of having to rush down there before midday.
Post Office area manager Kevin Shepherd said: “We’re confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community secure services for the future.”
While Tring is closed, customers can use branches in Aston Clinton and Berkhamsted. The modernisation is part of a major investment programme – the largest in Post Office history – and marks a commitment to ensuring there are no more branch closures.
Tring residents Stewart Ivory and Pamela Millar praised the branch’s friendly staff and said they were pleased to hear of the refurbishment plans.
Stewart said: “I don’t use the post office very often, but when I do the staff are always very friendly and happy to help.
“A refurb would make the environment more pleasant, but would not make me use it any more or less. It would perhaps enhance the experience, as it is looking quite tired and somewhat utilitarian.”
Pamela said: “When I first came to Tring, the Post Office was very splendid in what is now Prezzo’s building, so I think it’s well overdue for a makeover. Tring deserves an upmarket post office.”
Last November the government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network between 2015 and 2018.