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Donington loses its only post office after shop closes without warning




A village has lost its only post office service, after the shop that it was situated in suddenly closed.

The Bargain Booze in Donington’s High Street closed at the weekend and its shutters have been pulled down ever since.

Residents have said on social media that it happened without notice - and many expressed their sadness for the staff who worked in the shop.

Bargain Booze in Donington, that housed the Post Office, has closed suddenly. (23256902)
Bargain Booze in Donington, that housed the Post Office, has closed suddenly. (23256902)

A spokesperson for the Post Office explained that the closure of the service, which was provided at a counter inside the shop, was very sudden.

The spokesperson said: “Donington Post Office has temporarily closed at very short notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

The shutters of the Bargain Booze store in Donington have been pulled down since the weekend.
The shutters of the Bargain Booze store in Donington have been pulled down since the weekend.

“We understand how important a Post Office is to a community and we are committed to providing a Post Office in these area.

“In the interim alternative branches include Bicker and Quadring. We are looking at ways to restore Post Office services to the area.”

South Holland District Councillor Jane King, whose wards include Donington, said: “It went very quickly. We have lost our bank, we have no cash machine, and now no post office.

“For this to happen at Christmas as well - it is totally ridiculous.”

Jane explained that, while from a village point of view, the loss of the service will hit people hard, she was also concerned for the members of staff who have lost their jobs.

“I believe there were six to seven people employed there and I have heard that they have not yet been paid,” she said.

We contacted Bestway Retail, which operates stores trading under the Bargain Booze, Bargain Booze Select Convenience, Wine Rack and Central Convenience brands for a comment.

They had not replied by the time of going to press.

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