New home for Sutton Post Office
A NEW home has been found for Sutton Post Office days after it was announced that it was to close.
The post office, which has served the people of Sutton for several decades from Church Street in the village, was earmarked for closure earlier this month after the sub-postmaster resigned.
Kuldip Singh, owner of the Village Shoppe in Sutton, which will incorporate the village's post office services.
Now, the Village Shoppe, in College Street, Sutton, applied to takeover the running of the business and was approved.
The current sub-postmaster Keith Vickers is retiring at the end of October and his three year search to find a buyer for his business has proved futile.
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The post office will close in its current location at the end of October, although a date has not yet been set for it to open in its new location.
However, Kuldip Singh, who has run the Village Shoppe for two years, is hoping there will only be a short gap when Sutton is not served by a post office.
He said: "I hope that we will be able to open in December, if not it will be January.
"A post office is so important for a village like Sutton.
"There are businesses to support as well as the wider community.
"We will have all the services that the post office has at the moment."
Mr Vickers and his wife Pam had hoped to sell the building which currently houses Sutton Post office, which is also their home, to allow them to travel the world in retirement.
The couple believe the business is recession-proof, but say potential buyers have been put off by rounds of post office closures and the recent global financial crisis.
The building remains on the market with Earnest Wilson.
Mr and Mrs Vickers were unavailable for comment.