CROSBY residents are welcoming the perfect excuse to nip down to the pub as the Crosby Hotel has become the island’s first non-post office location to have a postal kiosk installed.
People attending the self-service counter, which opened on Monday, can post items, pay utility bills or purchase stamps while enjoying a pint, glass of wine, soft drink or a bite to eat – what could be more sociable and community minded?
Not only that but residents now enjoy increased accessibility to postal services at all times during the pub’s opening.
The new service follows the retirement of the village’s sub postmaster in September 2010.
No other suitable applicants stepped forward despite Isle of Man Post Office’s attempts to find a replacement.
It meant the post office, which was just down the road, closed.
Steven Taylor, retail director with brewers Heron and Brearley, said: ‘We are sure the self-service postal kiosk will be a popular addition to the Crosby Hotel. Pubs, like post offices, have always been at the centre of Manx communities. As their roles evolve to meet changing needs, Heron and Brearley are delighted to partner with the Post Office to provide customers with this great new service.’
Feedback from users of the kiosks installed in Regent Street post office, Douglas, have praised the machines for their ease of use, quick transaction times and self-weighing positions.
The machines allow customers to weigh, stamp and pay for packages to be posted quickly and efficiently in a matter of seconds, as well as being able to pay electricity, gas or phone bills and government rates.
Speaking at the launch event on Monday, Middle MHK Martyn Quayle said: ‘I am sure that the Marown community will benefit enormously from the introduction of these kiosks. We are grateful that the advances in postal technology have given us new ways for customers to access the island’s postal services. I would like to thank Isle of Man Post Office, Heron and Brearley and [pub proprietors] Susan and Simon Sinclair for working together to make this all possible.’
Marty Quine, general manager with Isle of Man Post Office said: ‘We are always looking to make postal services more widely available away from the traditional 9am-5.30pm opening hours.
‘People’s lifestyles have changed a lot over the years and customers expect to have a choice of what time they can transact their postal business.’
Further postal kiosks are due to be installed the Wessex Garage, Douglas, and Shoprite in Victoria Road, Douglas.