CHRISTCHURCH Post Office is to be transformed into a modern looking, open plan branch with extended opening hours.

The post office, in Church Street, will close for refurbishment from Saturday, February 1.

It will reopen with a fresh new look on Wednesday, February 12.

The branch will have one open plan serving position and two screened serving points at the retail counter.

Purewell Cross Post Office, in Somerford Road, and Southbourne Grove Post Office, in Southbourne Grove, will look after the needs of customers during the closure.

The branch will open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5.30pm Saturday. Sunday opening times will be from 10.30am to 4pm.

Post Office regional network manager for South England, Will Russell said: “We understand how important the Post Office is to residents around Christchurch and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”