PORT St Mary’s post office will be run by new sub postmaster Jeff Calvert, and will move from within the Spar shop to Calvert Newsagents,and operate from June 23.
‘There is going to be an extensive change around to accommodate two counters for the post office that will be separate from the existing one counter,’ said Jeff.
‘It’s going to be a tough couple of months.’
But he said it would be business as usual at the newsagents.
The post office is a ‘suitable bolt on’ to the newsagents and he first applied for the position of sub postmaster two years ago, but the contract went to Spar.
He and wife Tina began running the shop four-and-a-half years ago and since then they have overcome a few hurdles.
‘All businesses have had a difficult time especially of late with the roadworks and before that the landslide and the economy in general, it is starting to impact us here if only in the supply chain.
‘We are fairly well embedded, it is nice we were accepted into the community.
‘The offers of help after the landslide were immense and that keeps you going. Customers supported us and stuck with us which is nice, we are grateful for the support.’
Rushen’s MHKs announced their delight at the news that the contract has gone to a local businessman.
‘The post office is part of the heart of Port St Mary,’ said Quintin Gill. ‘The port has an active community and it is important that people can meet and shop in the port.’
Juan Watterson added: ‘Local retail has never been under more pressure and I am delighted that the post office and the Calverts are cementing their commitment to Port St Mary.’
The announcement was ‘good for the people and street scene’ said Phil Gawne.
Post Office general manager retail network Marty Quine said: ‘We are happy the post office is moving to a long-established business and believe this will provide continuity of our services for our customers in the village.’