Jersey Post has announced that four post offices within Co-op stores will close by the end of the year due to high running costs, a decline in business and postal volumes, and recruitment challenges.
Beaumont, Georgetown and Pontac post offices will close on 27 October, whilst the post office in the Don Street store will close on 31 December.
Jersey Post Managing Director Julie Thomas said: “We are acutely aware of the important role our post office network plays in the local community, and we’re disappointed that we are unable to continue running four post offices within the CI COOP stores.
“We want to thank The Channel Islands Cooperative for running these post offices from their premises over such a long period of time.
"Through close working with CI COOP, these branches have been selected due to their close proximity to alternative post offices where customers can still access their usual range of services.”
Pictured: Mark Cox, Chief Executive Officer of the Co-op in the Channel Islands, said that closing the four post offices is the "only option". (Dave Ferguson)
Mark Cox, Chief Executive Officer of the Co-op in the Channel Islands, said: “As a society, we take immense pride in supporting our communities and have always recognised the vital role post offices play within local areas.
“We have discussed various options with Jersey Post, and, regrettably, we have concluded that the only option is to close these four post offices within our CI COOP stores.
“The running costs to operate these offices combined with the decline in business and postal volumes, the removal of our own foreign currency services and recruitment challenges have made it unsustainable to continue.”
Taxpayer-owned Jersey Post will continue to run its main post offices in Broad Street and Rue des Près. Post offices at the Airport, St Aubin, and Sandpiper offices will remain open.
The Co-op will continue to run its post offices in Maufant and St Brelade, and in its Grande Marché stores in both town and St. Peter.
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