Threatened Post Shop wins year-long stamp of approval
The Sandringham Post Shop has been granted a reprieve after several of its key services were set to be removed in July.
Owner Chander Satija was told by New Zealand Post last month that his shop would lose KiwiBank services, bill payments, motor registration, Land Transport services and IRD applications.
But the services will now remain until May next year, when the shop’s franchise agreement expires.
New Zealand Post head of retail operations and marketing Scott Pollard says the company has discussed the continuation of its franchise agreement with the Sandringham Post Shop franchisee until May next year.
“We would like to see postal services continue in Sandringham after May and an offer to do so is currently with the franchisee,” he says.
“We have always wanted postal services to continue at Sandringham and other services are available nearby at Mt Roskill, Dominion Rd and St Lukes.”
Locals aren’t happy about the prospect of having to go to the other shops and staged a protest outside the Sandringham store last Thursday.
First-time protester Elsie Buchan, 86, said she had been going to the shop for more years than she could remember.
“Those of us who live within walking distance of the Post Shop need this facility. We can pay most of our bills here.”
More than 1000 people have filled out feedback forms supporting the store and Mr Satija says even though the extra year of services is a good thing, they will still ultimately be removed.
“Once the services are taken away, these people will have to go to far off places. How can they expect people who are 80plus to go to St Lukes or Mt Roskill?”
He says he will not be able to recover the money he has invested in the store when the services are gone.
Postal protest: Sandringham locals protest services being taken away from the Post Shop.