Closure looms for Offwell shop and post point

PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 May 2015

The temporary building, contents, racking, freezers and other equipment will be sold.

The village shop and post point in Offwell will be closing down towards the end of May.

After trading for more than 11 years, Offwell Rural Services Association (ORSA), which runs the shop, said it has been unable to reach agreement with its landlord - Offwell Recreation Ground and Village Hall Charity - about the siting of a new shop on the village’s recreation ground.

But Ann Richards, secretary of the charity, has dismissed the association’s claims, adding: “We have bent over backwards to help them - we have even offered to help them financially with the shop to stay where they are.”

She said that the FA and Sport England reiterated they do not want sports grounds built on.

ORSA says it is unable to sustain the service provided from the current site. Trading figures have been declining and efforts to provide a better and more up to date service from new premises have been made, but to no avail.

The temporary building, contents, racking, freezers and other equipment will be sold and the site cleared before the end of June - anyone interested in them should call 01404 831121.

ORSA would like to thank everyone for their custom over the years and say the facility will be ‘sorely missed’.

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