Clevedon Post Office and store set to close next month

PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 August 2017

The One Stop store in Bellevue Road, Clevedon.

The One Stop store in Bellevue Road, Clevedon.

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A Clevedon convenience store and Post Office will close next month.

One Stop, in Bellevue Road, and the adjoining Sixways Post Office will close on September 30.

Speculation over the building’s future began following the resignation of its postmaster last year.

Changes to the branch’s contract following a 2015 refurbishment say a 12-month notice period must be given in the event of a postmaster resigning.

A deadline of November 2017 had been set to find a buyer to take over the lease but this has proved unsuccessful, meaning the site’s 15 staff will be made redundant next month.

A Post Office spokesman said: “Sixways Post Office will be closing at the end of next month due to the resignation of the postmaster.

“The Post Office and the One Stop store, where the branch is based, will be closing on September 30.

“The vacancy for Sixways Post Office has been advertised, however, at this stage we do not have any alternative premises to relocate the Post Office.

“We will continue to work to try to find a way to maintain Post Office services in this area of Clevedon.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the branch. The nearest alternative branches are The Triangle and West End branches.”

The closure has been blamed on falling One Stop customer numbers since the opening of a Sainsbury’s Local at the former Regent Hotel in Hill Road in 2015.

Dave Haughton, One Stop store manager, told the Times in December: “It (the closure) is not great but I can see why it has been done.

“We have seen a drop-off in customers since Sainsbury’s opened.

“I’d like to say to our customers thanks for sticking with us and we will be sad not to see you anymore.”

The imminent closure has been met with disappointment on social media, although some users suggested they would like to see the building turned into a Chinese restaurant or a fish and chip shop.

The store is also the subject of a police investigation following a break-in on August 16.

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