Central city post shop to close

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    Invercargill's Don St Postshop. Photo: Petrina Wright

    INVERCARGILL’S last remaining standalone central city PostShop is set to close.

    From November 21, the Don St PostShop will be closed and customers redirected to Paper Plus located on the ground floor of the H&J Smith department store on Tay St.

    A NZ Post spokesperson said it was adding its bill payment services to the postal services already available at Paper Plus.

    There would be no changes to the Invercargill Box Lobby on Don St.

    Customers would be able to post a parcel, buy postage and pay a bill all at the same location, the spokesperson said.

    “This model of working with local businesses works well for our customers, who often enjoy longer opening hours.

    “It is also a more financially sustainable way of working for NZ Post, as we see a rapid decline of mail, versus the significant increase in parcel services.”

    NZ Post was committed to continuing to provide postal and bill payment services to the Invercargill community, the spokesperson said.

    “We are not expecting any changes at any other postal services outlets in Invercargill at this time.”

    NZ Post declined to confirm if there would be any job losses as a result of the closure.

    “We cannot comment on staffing due to confidentiality.”

    At present, the Don St site was jointly occupied by NZ Post and Kiwibank.

    Kiwibank external communications manager Kara Tait said the bank intended to remain at the Don St site and become a standalone Kiwibank branch.

    “We’ve had great feedback from customers on the standalone branches we’ve opened across the country and we’re excited to bring an environment that supports a specialised banking service to Invercargill,” she said.

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