Billericay Post Office, which has undergone a major refurbishment, has an official opening ceremony today, Wednesday 13 November.
To celebrate the launch of the new style open-plan Post Office John Baron MP for Basildon and Billericay will officially cut the ribbon at Billericay Post Office, One Stop Stores, 93-95 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9AS.
The Post Office refurbishment is part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay"]I am delighted to be opening this refurbished post office and shop. It is a major transformation. It looks very modern and professional. The open-plan counters are great as they make it far easier for customers and staff to talk. The new Post Office opening hours are impressive. It is now very convenient for people to do their Post Office transactions any day of the week from breakfast time to bedtime. This post office is vital to the local community and I am confident the improvements will be warmly welcomed by my constituents.[/quote]
There are five serving positions – a mix of two open-plan, two screened positions and a Post Office serving point provided for use at the retail counter. This is a new concept for delivering Post Office products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours.
The new Post Office opening hours are the same as the shop: Monday to Sunday: 06.00 – 23.00. Post Office customers are benefitting from opening hours being extended by 62 hours a week as the branch now opens all day Sunday and the branch opens significantly earlier and closed much earlier every day.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, Gary Herbert"]We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in this area of Billericay and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches. This investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.[/quote]
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.