Official opening for Reigate town centre post office

David Grantham, 16 September 2020

L-R: Nick Read (chief executive, Post Office), Crispin Blunt MP, Abdul Salaam (new postmaster) (Nathan Clarke Photography)

Crispin Blunt MP cut the ribbon on Friday (11 September) at the new Reigate Post Office at 22 Church Street, alongside postmaster Abdul Salaam and Post Office chief executive Nick Read.

Mr Salaam, who is already an experienced postmaster in East Grinstead, has fully refurbished the premises to operate as both a post office and a shop selling cards, stationery, confectionery and soft drinks.

The shop is called The Stationery Choice.

Crispin Blunt MP said he was delighted that the experienced Mr Salaam had brought a post office service back to the town centre.

“A Post Office offers so many services and it is vital to my constituents and the wider community. The new shop looks great too,” he said.

Postmaster Abdul Salaam outside the premises at 22 Church Street (Nathan Clarke Photography)

The new post office began serving customers on Friday 21 August, restoring the service to the town centre after a gap of just over five months.

The  previous post office was at newsagent Martin’s in the High Street, but those premises closed in March this year following a decision by national retailer McColl’s.

There was much desire for a return of the service to the town, with the Post Office advertising the franchise, and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Reigate Business Guild expressing their support.

Postmaster Abdul Salaam said: “Reigate is a busy town and it really needed a Post Office.

“Customers are coming in and they are very happy to have a Post Office again. They have all the same products and services as before, so they are very pleased.”

Abdul Salaam by one of the two full-screen counters (Nathan Clarke Photography)

Nick Read, Post Office chief executive, said: “Our experienced postmaster, Abdul Salaam, was well-placed to open a Post Office in Reigate, as he is used to operating a busy town centre branch, which offers our full range of products and services.

“The opening hours are very convenient for customers.”

Post Office services are provided from two full-screen counters in a dedicated area of the store, which are open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm.

There is also a Post Office counter alongside the retail counter, which is open Monday to Saturday 8am – 8pm and on Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Crispin Blunt and Nick Read by the counter in the retail area (Nathan Clarke Photography)

Customers can do everything from cash withdrawals from a Post Office Card Account, car tax renewal, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, buy holiday money, get insurance, mortgages, savings and top up mobile phones, National Lottery, plus passport check and send.

There’s also access to a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including international parcels, Special Delivery, Local Collect and home shopping returns.

Customers for the majority (99%) of UK banks can also use the post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

There is also an AEI machine for driving licence renewals and ID verification.

International driving permits are also available.

Information about the branch and opening hours are available online.

(Nathan Clarke Photography)