Post Office announce opening date of new facility at Emersons supermarket
By Eleanor McGillie
THE Post Office has announced it will open at Emersons supermarket on November 20 as part of the £2million refurbishment of the independent family run supermarket.
The new open plan Post Office, which opens on Thursday, November 20 at 1pm, will have four counter positions, one modern screened counter and two open-plan positions. There will also be a Post Office terminal by the shop’s retail till which will enable customers to benefit from a range of services during Emerson’s opening hours even when the main Post Office counters are closed.
The relocation to the Emersons site was announced in August by the Post Office after a lengthy period of public consultation. The new location means it will be open for customers for an extra 28 hours per week including Sundays. It also means free parking for Post Office customers in the Mall West car park for six months, customers will be able to pay bills, do banking, collect benefits and change travel money as well as use the postage, home shopping returns and Local Collect services.
Gavin Emerson, owner of Emersons supermarket, said the modern development will greatly enhance Armagh city centre as a vibrant place to shop and dine adding to the growing city centre ‘s rejuvenation.
He said: “Emersons is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Everything we are doing is building on what we have achieved to date and to further enhance the overall customer experience for shoppers and visitors.
“Armagh is a place of great historical significance. Our high street is the hub of the city centre where people shop, have something to eat, meet friends and enjoy the city’s vibrant new café culture and lifestyle. Having the Post Office and Uluru Bar & Grill as part of our new 22,000sq ft development guarantees customers a modern environment where shopping is made easy and pleasurable.”
Suzanne Richardson, Regional Manager at Post Office Ltd, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.
“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the community will be popular. The modernisation is part of a major Government investment programme that is enabling us to continue investing in the Post Office network and to map out a bold growth strategy through to the end of the decade.”
The present Armagh Post Office at Armagh Shopping Centre on Thomas Street will close at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 19. During the short period of closure before the new branch is operational Post Office services may be accessed from any convenient Post Office branch.
Notes To Editor:
- Emerson’s is a family run supermarket which has been serving the local community for 125 years. The supermarket employs 110 people and is committed to creating a sustainable future on the high street in Armagh city centre. Emerson’s houses a local family supermarket, the city’s Post Office and a restaurant.
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