Community leaders in Kemnay have welcomed the announcement that the village post office is to be refurbished.
Post Office officials have confirmed that the branch in the High Street will receive a modern look and customers will also benefit from longer opening times.
The post office is vitally important for the people of KemnayRob Mackay Kemnay Community Council
The office, which is in the local pharmacy, will close on Saturday, February 20, at 12.30pm and reopen for business on Thursday, March 3 at 1pm.
During the closure, services can be accessed at other locations, including Kintore Post Office, 1 Northern Road, Kintore, and Inverurie Post Office, RIK Retail, 33 West High Street, Inverurie.
Damian Mulholland, area manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.
“We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”
The new-look service will be provided at an open-plan counter in the store.
Rob Mackay, secretary of Kemnay Community Council, said it was a boost for the village.
He added: “We very much appreciate Ken Manson and his family running it.
“The post office is vitally important for the people of Kemnay, as the community does not have many retailers.
“The pharmacy and the post office are in the High Street in the centre of the village where people are doing their shopping.”
The post office service will be available during the store’s opening hours, 9am to 5:45pm Monday to Friday (closing for lunch between 1pm and 2pm) and from 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday.
Post Office officials said the opening hours, which will increase by an extra 15 minutes each weekday, will ensure that the branch is more convenient with later closing from Monday to Friday.
In 2012 an investment of £1.34 billion was confirmed for the Post Office network to undertake a transformation programme across 6000 branches.
The Government announced in November, 2013, a further £640 million investment in the network.
It allowed the modernisation of a further 2000 branches and led tothe investment of £20 million in around 3400 community branches, which are often the last shop in a village.