The Post Office has decided to invest in Stornoway Post Office (HS1 2AD) as part of the organisation’s ongoing modernisation programme, building a modern, profitable and sustainable network.
The branch was previously earmarked as one that could potentially be franchised and run in partnership with a suitable retail partner.
Despite interest from several potential partners, the Post Office has not reached an agreement with a suitable partner to secure the long-term viability of the branch.
Post Office has now decided to retain and invest in Stornoway Post Office as part of its ongoing modernisation programme, which has seen around 3,500 of its 11,500 branches modernised so far.
General Manager of the Crown Post Office Network Roger Gale said: “Post Office can confirm that we have not found a suitable retail partner that would help secure the future of Stornoway Post Office, and we will not be continuing with our search.
“This means that this branch will remain under Post Office management. Our plan now is to invest in the branch to modernise it as part of our ongoing transformation programme, designed to ensure our Post Office branches are sustainable and profitable, reducing reliance on Government funding.
“I would like to express my appreciation for the great work of our colleagues at Stornoway Post Office who have provided an excellent service to customers throughout our search for a partner. I believe that with their help and the investment we have planned we will be able to meet customer needs.”