The Post Office started trading in April but has formally been opened by Blackpool’s mayor
It was a first class occasion when Blackpool Mayor’s Amy Cross gave her stamp of approval to the seaside resort’s new town centre Post Office.
Mayor Cross cut the ribbon to officially open the new postal centre which has relocated to the ground floor of the council offices in Bickerstaffe Square.
The branch has been trading since April in order to retain a service in the town centre but has been formally opened after the finishing touches were made including installation of fibre-optic broadband.
The family business, which also includes a gift and stationery shop, is being run by postmaster Azim Shaikh, who along with his brothers Fazail and Ramiz have 25 years retail experience and 15 years experience running post offices.
Coun Cross said: “A post office is an essential service and we are delighted to have provided council-owned premises to rent which has allowed Blackpool Post Office to remain at the heart of the town serving residents, businesses, commuters and tourists at this very convenient location.
“Azim Shaikh is a first-class postmaster – professional and welcoming.”
Azim said: “We are delighted to have secured this unit at Bickerstaffe House, retaining a centrally located position within the town.
“The great availability of nearby parking has proved a big hit with customers.
“Previously the post office was downstairs with no daylight. This ground floor location, where you can see daylight, is better for staff and customers.
“We have invested in a quality finish for the shop. This is an inviting space where we offer customers a warm, friendly welcome.”
A new location was needed for the town centre post office after WH Smith’s on Bank Hey Street closed in January.
The Post Office had been based there since 2007 when the former Abingdon Street Post Office closed. The Grade II listed building now has planning permission to be converted to hotel.
Kenny Lamont, Post Office network provision manager, said: “We are delighted to have restored post office services to central Blackpool as we know how important a post office is to residents and businesses.”