To celebrate the launch of the new style open-plan branch North Herefordshire MP, Bill Wiggin, ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony at Leominster Post Office today, Friday 19 April 2013.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I was delighted to officially open the new-look Leominster Post Office and meet everyone involved.  Post Office services are vital to rural communities and I always welcome improvements made to them in my constituency.  I’m sure Leominster residents will welcome the extended opening hours and the refreshment of their Post Office.  I wish the team every success with the branch.”

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As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend the opening hours for customers Leominster Post Office has four serving positions which are now – a mixture of one screened and three open plan.

Post Office customers now benefit from access to products and services seven days a week, with opening hours being extended by nearly 15 hours a week to include Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  Opening hours at the branch are now 07:00 to 17:30 Monday to Saturday and 09:00 to 12:00 on Sunday.

Alan Brook, National Post Office Manager of Martin McColls’s said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to modernise the Leominster Post Office and very pleased to be re-launching it today for the community. I know our customers will like the improvements and I’d like to thank Mr Wiggin for coming today and our customers for being patient during the changes.”

Alan added: “The branch is now opening on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, which will be a great help to busy customers.”

Post Office Area Manager Richard Lynds said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Leominster and are confident that this modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

He added: “This modernisation is part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new-style branches. This investment makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

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The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephony services.