City’s main post office relocating to new premises
DUNDEE’S main city centre post office is set to move to new premises and be taken on by a franchisee, it was confirmed today.
The unit in Meadowside will shut in February and relocate to 30 Whitehall Street.
The Post Office carried out a consultation on the move, with some locals objecting due to concerns over jobs and the services the new post office would offer.
A spokeswoman for the Post Office said the new branch would undergo a refurbishment and offer customers “bright and open plan” premises with a newsagent, where stationery and greetings cards would be available.
She added that the post office would offer most of the same services currently on offer, except the biometric enrolment service for the Home Office, which people can use to apply for a permit if they are a foreign national from outside the European Economic Area.
The new branch, operated by Cupar-based QDSA Ltd, will open on February 8 and offer extended opening hours.
Roger Gale, Post Office’s sales and trade marketing director, said: “The change we are making helps secure our services in Dundee for years to come.”
The spokeswoman added: “The reason for the move is that we need to ensure the future sustainability of the branch.
“The vast majority of Post Office branches are run on a franchise or agency basis, alongside retail businesses, and it’s a model that works, helping to ensure that Post Office branches remain convenient and accessible.”
However, city councillor Richard McCready said: “I am disappointed that the Post Office has decided to continue with the plans for a franchised office.
“As a city with a large student population, I am disappointed the biometric enrolment service will not be retained. This will move to Perth which, as the Post Office’s response helpfully points out, is a 65-minute bus journey away from the centre of Dundee.”
Lynsey, left, and Khailey.