New home for village post office

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 October 2012

Julian Rinaldi, owner of Musbury Garage outside his new post office

Julian Rinaldi, owner of Musbury Garage outside his new post office

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Musbury Garage takes on two part-time staff to run the service at its SPAR store, with longer opening hours

Post office services at Musbury have moved to the SPAR forecourt shop, at the local garage.

The switch follows the closure of the village stores, and will mean longer opening hours.

Julian Rinaldi, owner of Musbury Garage, in Marlborough Road, said he was delighted to be able to continue the service for the community. The post office have its own till point in the shop and be run by two new part-time staff.

He said: “Because we are open from 7.30am until 8pm every day of the week, we can offer longer convenient opening hours and easier service.

“The Post Office approached me to take the service on when the subpostmaster decided to retire and I didn’t hesitate as it will maintain an essential service to the village and the surrounding area.”

Mr Rinaldi converted the small garage shop into a modern 1,000 sq ft SPAR convenience store three years ago, shortly after taking over the business from his parents Frank and Barbara. Since then, the convenience store has flourished and become an integral part of the local community, providing an extensive range of convenience essentials and regionally sourced products, as well as fostering an involvement in local fundraising activities.

Post Office spokesperson Judith Aubrey said: “We are delighted to say that Musbury Post Office is one of three post offices opening in Devon this month, part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6,000 converting to new-style branches, that offer longer opening hours for customers.”


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