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Bradford on Avon post office shut after one month
Friday the 13th proved unlucky for Bradford on Avon, as the shambles surrounding the town centre Post Office took another twist when the branch shut once again.
After an unexplained closure of around a month following an audit at the shop, in The Shambles, it reopened on June 18, with new postmistress Sue Wallace, from Leicester, intent on providing Bradford on Avon with a first class service.
But on July 13 it closed again and has remained shut, with no explanation being given. Mrs Wallace and husband Alan said they did not wish to comment, but the Post Office released a statement easing fears it was gone for good.
A spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure. We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore the service to the community as soon as possible and are committed to maintaining services in the area.”
One person who could not wait any longer to see what will happen was employee Hayley Grech, who has now moved on after nine years at the post office.
She said: “The Post Office rang me about other positions, but I have a new job now, still in the Shambles, at Tillions. It is stress-free and I know my job is safe.
“Sue and Alan were doing a fantastic job and it is just such a shame to see such a lovely building closed.”
Mayor John Potter has called for the saga to be resolved as soon as possible.
He said: “It is very frustrating and it makes its long-term future more difficult, as people get into a routine very quickly. If it reopens, it might not be as popular as it was, as people might have got into the habit of going elsewhere.
“The branch is in a very central part of Bradford on Avon and has been there forever and a day, so it is a terrible shame to see it closed.
“Everybody wants to see it open, so fingers crossed that whatever differences there are get resolved.”
Post Offices are open in Winsley Road and Trowbridge Road, Bradford on Avon.
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