A Glasgow post office will reopen its doors to the local community after it suddenly closed in July - thanks to another post office’s dedicated staff.

Over the summer, Parkhead residents had found a notice that their local post office would close permanently as of July 30. 

Now the Duke Street Post Office staff are personally taking over the branch to restore the service to the community.

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A notice posted on the Duke Street Post Office official page reads: “As many of you know the post office in Parkhead has been shut for a number of weeks now. We have been in constant communication with Post Office Limited regarding restoring this service back to the East End.

“We are happy to announce that after talks and negotiations with the post office, we have decided to take the branch over personally in a new location just a few minutes walk from the old office.”

Parkhead residents had been forced to travel to the Duke Street branch to use the service, posing issues for the most vulnerable in the community. 

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“As much as we have enjoyed welcoming new faces into Duke Street,” the statement continued, “we have seen that for some it’s a real struggle to get over to see us, especially with winter creeping in, we want to ensure the elderly and vulnerable have a post office near to them.”

The new Parkhead branch will be operated by the current Duke Street team who have agreed to work between both branches to keep the services going, but reassured customers there will be no disruption to the Dennistoun office.

In a comment, the post office added: “The team are as dedicated to keeping Parkhead open as they are Duke St, just like throughout the pandemic.We do ask that you continue to support post offices as without customers we have no business.

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“We have agreed to take on Parkhead as we believe the east end community will use the branch and keep it open. We all have a part to play in securing the future of our post offices.”

The new Parkhead branch will move from 1442 Gallowgate to 37 Tollcross Road. 

While months are usually required to set up a new post office, the staff takeover will speed up the process, with the new branch expected to open within the next two weeks.