Post Office saved from closure

A POST office saved from closure will soon benefit from a major revamp, according to its new owners.

A POST office saved from closure will soon benefit from a major revamp, according to its new owners.

The Regent Street post office's future was secured last month when Primeco Ltd bought the store after operators Nearby Stores went into administration.

The Devon-based company has now pledged to give the store a complete refit and replenish the empty retail shelves.

All Nearby Stores owned stock was pulled from the branch when it fell into financial problems in December.

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Just cards, notepads, drinks and maps remain on the store's deserted shelves.

A sign in the shop window reads: "Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused due to the lack of retail stock within this branch."

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A Primeco spokesman told the Weston Mercury on Tuesday: "We're looking at redeveloping the whole store and bringing it up into the 21st century.

"Our priority was to continue the post office service, and we have done that by moving so swiftly to buy the store.

"Now we are looking to maintain the services and where possible improve them. This will start with bringing in new retail stock within the next four weeks."

Primeco have already invested �20,000 on the store, laying down new floor tiles and repainting the walls.

It claims to be dedicated to the redevelopment and enhancement of post offices.

The Regent Street post office was one of 17 bought by the company from administrators KPMG LLP last month.

Joint administrator Richard Hill said: "The sale of the post offices represents an excellent result, particularly given the difficult situation situation we inherited."

Last year, Post Office Ltd axed branches in Severn Road and Church Road in Weston town centre, Ebdon Road in North Worle, and in the villages of Kewstoke, Loxton and Uphill.

The number of post office branches in Weston currently stands at 21.

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