Post Office on estate in Bury St Edmunds extends services and hours after investment

The Lake Avenue Post Office in Bury St Edmunds re-opens.    Stefan Oliver cuts the ribbon, watched by dignitries and local people.
The Lake Avenue Post Office in Bury St Edmunds re-opens. Stefan Oliver cuts the ribbon, watched by dignitries and local people.
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A sub postmaster who has served his community for the past 22-years hopes the refurbishment will secure the future of his business.

Tens of thousands of pounds have been spent on refurbishing The Lake Avenue Post Office in, Bury St Edmunds, to bring it up to modern standards.

The work – the majority of it paid for by Post Office Ltd – means sub postmaster Paul Luke can now process car tax forms and offer longer opening hours.

The transformation includes a new floor and a change to the layout.

“Everybody that comes in says it is better,” Mr Luke said.

““This was the only way to survive. For 22 years I have had to send people away for their car tax – there is nothing worse.

Mr Luke is a third generation of sub postmasters

In 1998 he expanded the site to include a Premier Convienience store – one of the first 200 in the country – and in the same year he won the company’s ‘Booker Prize for Excellence.’

He said the refurbishment took two weeks but the shop had managed to stay open for a few hours throughout.

Mr Luke also praised St Edmundsbury Borough Council which let him have free use of an empty shop for storage during the work.

Bury Town couuncil chairman Cllr Stefan Oliver opened the Post Office on Friday.