DISCUSSIONS are well advanced for a Wrexham convenience store to be bought out – which will secure the long-term future of the village’s post office branch.
In October Rhosnesni residents fought off the proposed closure of their post office branch at the Dean Road Co-operative store.
But the Co-operative announced shortly after that it still intended to close the store in January, plunging the future of the post office into fresh doubt.
However yesterday the site landlord confirmed to the Leader that McColls were in advanced talks with the Co-operative with the aim of securing the long-term future of the post office branch in Rhosnesni.
Cllr Anne Evans, who represents Rhosnesni and campaigned for the survival of the post office, said she was “delighted” to hear a deal was close to being struck.
“McColls have other stores in the area and I know they employ local people so it would be a good fit for Rhosnesni,” she said.
“The store is a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable people in this area. “McColls will fit in nicely here. It’s great news.
“The long-term future of the store would vindicate the actions of the whole community who campaigned to save the post office.
“I thank everyone who helped, including all the different interest groups and the press.
“The closure of the post office did not bear thinking about and it would have had serious consequences for the local area.
“ It just shows what people power and community action can do and we can now look forward to a good future for the store.”
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who has been vocal in his calls for the post office to remain on Dean Road, said: “This is excellent news and I am pleased that a buyer is being sought.
“This will mean that the post office remains where it is needed by the community. All those who made their views known deserve thanks for their support.”
McColls declined to comment when asked.