Co-op insists it still wants to run Spalding Post Office

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BOSSES at Lincolnshire Co-op say their offer to run a Post Office in Spalding is still on the table and believe closing the current one will be a “huge blow” to the town.

BOSSES at Lincolnshire Co-op say their offer to run a Post Office in Spalding is still on the table and believe closing the current one will be a “huge blow” to the town.

On Tuesday we revealed that Post Office bosses have admitted that their main Spalding branch will be shut while they look into a replacement for the current one at the Winsover Centre.

A Post Office statement said the Co-op, which is closing its foodstore, coffee shop and home department on February 21, did not wish to renew its franchise – but the Co-op says that is untrue and it is still offering to run a Post Office – either in the Winsover Centre or elsewhere in the town.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s chief executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “We believe post offices are really important to our communities. We are committed to running these vital services and currently do so at 40 locations across our trading area including in Spalding.

“We want to continue to run post office services in the town, retaining the experienced and loyal staff. We have repeatedly offered to do so either at a new unit at the Winsover Centre or at an alternative location in the town. This offer remains open even at this late stage.

“A significant gap in service would be a massive disappointment to us and a huge blow to the people of Spalding.”

It’s unclear how long the branch will close for and on Tuesday the Post Office appealed again for anyone interested in running one to come forward.