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Post Office reopens branch in Bergh Apton and reaches 3,000 milestone

Postmasters and garden centre owners James Debbage and Michelle Evans with son Harry at Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Bergh Apton - the home of the village's new Post Office which is open seven days a week.

Postmasters and garden centre owners James Debbage and Michelle Evans with son Harry at Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Bergh Apton - the home of the village's new Post Office which is open seven days a week.

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The number of post offices open seven days a week has hit the 3,000 mark, following the re-opening of a branch in Bergh Apton.

The new Post Office at Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Bergh Apton, which is open seven days a week.The new Post Office at Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Bergh Apton, which is open seven days a week.

Bergh Apton Post Office reopened this week in its new home at Green Pastures Plant Centre and Farm Shop in Mill Road, offering 57 hours of services including Sundays.

The village’s former post office was temporarily closed in December 2013, due to retirement.

Michelle Evans and James Debbage who run Green Pastures said: “We asked our customers if they would like to have a Post Office here and it was a resounding yes, and especially to providing a Sunday service.

“The branch will be open seven days a week, within our garden centre and restaurant, so people can visit the Post Office at the same time.

“Sunday is our busiest day so we’re delighted to be able to offer this service to our customers.”

The Debbage family have been farming in Bergh Apton for over 80 years.

And the opening of the Bergh Apton branch has marked a milestone for the Post Office, taking a step closer to its goal of being the UK’s largest retail network trading seven days a week.

Like the communities they serve, Post Office branches come in many shapes and sizes, from pubs to coffee shops and even churches. The earliest branch opening time is 3.30am, and the latest closing time is midnight, with three branches open for 24 hours a day.

Kevin Gilliland, network director at Post Office, said: “Our customers’ needs are changing and so are we. We intend to be the largest retail network in the UK open seven days a week. Through our modernisation programme our branches are open when and where people want them to be, offering customers real convenience to return online shopping items, pay bills or withdraw cash at a time that suits them best.”

The Bergh Apton branch is open 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4.30pm on Sundays. It also open on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Post Office is undertaking the biggest modernisation programme in its history transforming over 8,000 branches into new modern retail outlets and also investing in over 3,000 community branches which are often the last shop in the village.

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