Posted: Wed 30th Nov 2022

Search begins for a business to save Ruabon’s Post Office and only ATM

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2022

The search is on for a business to save Ruabon’s Post Office from closure. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It comes after the announcement that McColl’s on the High Street will close in 2023. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The store, which has the village’s only Post Office counter, is amongst 1,164 branches which will be taken over by Morrisons. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

However the Ruabon McColl’s branch was one of 132 loss-making stores identified for closure following the company’s. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The supermarket group said 55 of those include Post Office counters and would remain open until after the Christmas period. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Following the announcement that McColl’s will close in the new year, local MS Ken Skates and Ruabon councillor Dana Davies have been in regular contact with the Post Office to press for counter services to be retained in the village. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

After completing a review of the area, the Post Office has now confirmed it is advertising for a new postmaster. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cardtronics UK, which operates the cashpoint at McColl’s, says it is ‘keen to retain ATM coverage in the village’ and is also on the look-out for a new site. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Skates, Member of the Senedd for Clwyd South, said: “The closure of McColl’s will undoubtedly leave a huge hole on the High Street, and Dana and I continue to work with Morrisons to try to ensure that the nine affected McColl’s employees are found alternative jobs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We made it clear to the Post Office and Cardtronics UK that Ruabon simply cannot lose its only Post Office and cashpoint, and it now looks like we have a real chance of retaining both in the village. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It would be fantastic to see local businesses step in and save these vital services.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Dana Davies said: “The advert for a new postmaster is online, where you can find out more information and register your interest. Cardtronics UK have also asked Ken and I to pass on the details on anyone in the village who could incorporate a cashpoint, so if you can help please let us know and we will put you in touch with the company.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Post Office advertisement for Ruabon ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

can be found at here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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