Ellon Post Office is to be given a major facelift.
The branch in Market Street will be upgraded as part of a huge modernisation programme taking place across the network.
I welcome any changes which give Ellon town centre some focus for the publicCharlie Johnston Ellon Resident
The new-look facility is due to open for business in early March and will close later next month to allow for the refurbishment.
Post Office bosses say the aim is to “create a more modern and retail experience for customers that will include longer opening hours”.
The Ellon branch will close on Monday, February 22, at 5.30pm and is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, March 2, at 1pm.
Confirmation of the upgrade has been widely welcomed in the town.
Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen said: “This is excellent for our facilities in Ellon. I
look forward to 2nd March when the Post Office re-opens.
“Alternative facilities are available at Auchterellon Post Office, Esslemont Circle, for the period when the refurbishment takes place.”
Fellow councillor Rob Merson, who was instrumental in securing a mobile van service for Newburgh residents following the closure of the village post office, praised the initiative.
He added: “The existing facility will be modernised to create an open-plan environment for customers, and the full range of Post Office products and services will be provided to the residents of Ellon with extended opening hours.
“I very much welcome this initiative on the part of the Post Office and trust that it will provide an environment for both customers and staff, that is more in keeping with the 21st Century.”
Ellon resident Charlie Johnston was enthusiastic about any improvements to the local branch.
He said: “I welcome any changes which give Ellon town centre some focus for the public.
“An attractive Post Office would be a good start in making the place more appealing for residents and visitors alike.
John Geddes, of Newburgh, said: “I already shop regularly in Ellon, and would be delighted to see the Post Office facility refurbished.
“At the moment it has a tired feel about it. I am sure the staff, not to mention the public, would be happy to have a state-of-the-art Post Office. It is good forward thinking.”
For long time resident of the area Arthur Fry the proposal took him back to the 1940s and 50s.
According to the 92-year-old, Ellon then had a main line Post Office, staffed by more than 20 staff, all housed in one building on the site of the existing facility.
Mr Fry said: “It’s good to see a return to former glories in the town. The Post Office are to be commended for their efforts to give Ellon town centre new premises of this kind.
“I am sure it will see an increase in usage and therefore more people in the town, spending in our shops, and generally making Ellon a hive of activity.”
Others using the town centre early this week were equally upbeat about the idea, and while not willing to be named were full of praise for the initiative, including one woman who said: “Perhaps this is the first step towards making Ellon town centre a place to want to be seen and shop. A great idea.”