Business was brisk at the Post Office mobile unit in Ripon as market day shoppers brought increased footfall to the city centre.
The city’s Post Office in Finkle Street, which has been serving customers for more than 60 years, closed its doors on Wednesday evening, as preparations progress for a relocation to a unit in The Arcade off Market Place.
The mobile unit, which will be located in Old Market Place until September 28, normally serves outlying villages in the Ripon area, but will stay in the city until the opening of the new premises.
Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 1pm on Saturday.
Postmistress Amy Kaur told The Stray Ferret:
“We are looking forward to opening in The Arcade. It’s a better location for us, because it has level access. The steps outside the old premises made access difficult for the elderly, disabled, wheelchair users and people with children in prams and pushchairs.”
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As well as providing the full range of Post Office services, the new location will include a Quidz In value store.
The mobile Post Office unit, headed by Gordon Royle, now covers more than 20 towns and villages in the Ripon area and will be back in the outlying areas from September 28.
“During the current coronavirus crisis, when many people living in rural communities remained isolated in their homes and unable to travel to Ripon, the mobile service has grown in popularity.”