A post office has reopened following a complete refurbishment.
After a two-week closure, the branch in Market Place, Uppingham, now has an modern open-plan office and longer opening hours for customers.
Uppingham town councillor Julie Lewis cut the ribbon yesterday (Thursday) to declare the branch open along with subpostmaster Robin Bromiley and other members of staff.
She said: “I welcomed the news that Uppingham post office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Robin on his hard work and to formally open the new branch.
“The post office is vital to the community around Uppingham and I’m sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”
The new-look post office offers services from three counter positions. One is a traditional screened position while the other two are new open-plan positions.
It will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, which is five hours longer than previous opening hours.
Speaking at the opening, Mr Bromiley said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community.
“I hope our customers like their new post office and I’d like to thank local councillor Julie Lewis for taking time from her busy schedule to come here today.
“I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”
Richard Lynds, Post Office senior stakeholder manager, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents around Uppingham and I am confident that this new modern post office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the post office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
The Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches. In November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the network, from 2015 to 2018.
The Uppingham branch is one of 8,000 that are being modernised, with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.