CJ Lang to remove 31 post offices
SPAR Scotland wholesaler CJ Lang will withdraw postal franchises from 31 stores in its corporate-owned domain over a six-month period.
The Dundee-based wholesaler said it made the move after 18 months of negotiations with the Post. CJ Lang will maintain 17 post office sites in its corporate owned domain.
A statement from CJ Lang said: “Following a further consultation period with Post Office Limited, it has been confirmed that post office services at several Spar stores across Scotland will close later this year. This decision has been carefully considered and comes after 18 months of negotiations with Post Office Limited.
“It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in the position of having to change the services we provide over the next six months.
“As an integral part of the Spar Scotland Company-owned store fleet, we will continue to invest in our people to ensure that our stores serve the communities in which they are based. We are constantly reviewing the services offered in our stores and the impact of post office counters on overall store operations.
“Unfortunately, in some cases it is not viable for us to continue to provide the service on our sites. However, we will continue to operate post offices in several Spar Scotland stores in our network. This is representative of the pressures exerted by the entire industry on retail outlets as we evolve to keep pace with changing consumer habits. “
A post office spokesperson said: ‘Post offices play an important role in the hearts of local communities across Scotland and we are disappointed that Spar Scotland has announced that the counters they operate on our behalf will close. in a number of their stores.
“The retail climate has been difficult for many retailers and we have worked closely with Spar Scotland to help keep essential postal services open for their customers. In some places there are other postal branches nearby, but we recognize that for some particularly elderly people they may not be easily accessible. We will seek alternatives on both a temporary and permanent basis for branches that are closing.
“A total of 31 of Spar Scotland’s branches will close and 17 will remain open. We are awaiting formal confirmation of deadlines for affected branches before notifying affected local communities. “