New year’s gift for Wells
The City of Wells has now been without a central Post Office for many months. When the old one closed, the Spar was proposed as a replacement. The public roundly rejected that idea as being too far from the city centre. Then Peacocks was named as a slightly unlikely replacement. Only to be followed by an announcement that Peacocks would also be closing.
So today the Post Office have confirmed that Wells will get a new city centre Post Office. It is not exactly central. However as it is to be located at the bus station, that will make it accessible for many. The Post Office say they have worked with the City Council to find a suitable solution. However don’t get your hopes to high. This is only a temporary solution. The opening hours are Monday to Friday: 9am – 4pm; Saturday: 9am – 12 noon. The new service will open on 13 January at 9am.
However the Post Office are still working on plans for a permanent solution. They tell us there is an interested retailer who wants to take on Wells Post Office. They are progressing their application to take over the service, but for now are not prepared to say who it is or where it would be.
In the meantime, the current “out of town” Post Office at the Budgens on St Thomas Street will get an extra counter. A Post Office spokesperson told The Leveller® “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Wells Post Office. This has been an exceptional time with the coronavirus pandemic and the knock-on effect on retailers. The branch had been due to move to the Peacocks store before the business went into administration. We were unable to maintain a Post Office at the existing premises as the lease had expired.”