A post office set up in a village cafe has close for the last time today (Friday) because it is not paying for itself.
The post office, in The Pantry in Corby Glen, was set up in February 2014 after the local branch in Church Street closed. But business owner Miranda Bainbridge said she cannot keep the post office open any longer because it is not making enough money to make it worthwhile.
Ms Bainbridge said: “You only earn a commission, not a wage and The Pantry has subsidised the post office for three years. We just cannot make it pay.
“We had to make the decision to close it. We had hoped people in the village would get behind it and we would get volunteers to help run it, but nobody has come forward.”
The post office finally closed at 4pm today.
Ms Bainbridge will now concentrate on running The Pantry which sells fresh bread, meat and wine and has a cafe serving coffee and cakes and pastries. Another side to the business is Revive@ThePantry which is located upstairs and provides a range of beauty treatments.
Ms Bainbridge opened The Pantry when she returned to Lincolnshire after living in Spain for 20 years.
The previous post office branch in Church Street closed after sub postmistress Helen Dunn retired.
A Post Office spokesperson said “Following the resignation of the postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, Corby Glen Post Office will temporarily close on Friday (May 19).
“We know how important Post Office services are to people in Corby Glen and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience this may cause. Any customers wishing to access Post Office services may do so from any Post Office branch, including Colsterworth Post Office, 2 Bourne Road, Colsterworth, and Castle Bytham Mobile Service.
“We would like to assure customers that we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office.”