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Post Office shuns Crawley public meeting opposing closure

The public meeting was held as a result of the planned closure where both residents and politicians pledged to oppose it.

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Over the weekend, Crawley residents and Post Office workers took part in a public meeting with local councillors, Crawley’s MP Henry Smith, Council Leader Peter Lamb, and a Communication Workers Union representative, Karl Stewart, to discuss the planned closure of Crawley town centre’s Crown Post Office.

No representative from Post Office Management was present at the meeting, and this was remarked upon frequently by members of the panel and the audience. It emerged that the Post Office had declined an invitation to attend, having apparently attended another public meeting on the subject already.

Post Office management have stated elsewhere that all current Post Office Services will be relocated to WHSmith’s in Crawley’s County Mall, however the meeting to threw significant doubt on that claim, citing the recent closure and relocation of Horsham’s Crown Post Office into the Horsham WHSmiths. In that relocation key Post Office responsibilities were not carried over because WHSmith’s is a company not owned by the Crown.

WHSmith’s, the preferred partner of The Post Office, has been voted the worst High Street retailer in 8 of the last 9 years in the respected Which? Magazine.

Henry Smith MP was only available to attend the first part of the meeting as he had another long-standing scheduled engagement elsewhere, but audience members made sure to pose questions to him before he left.

All those present in the room who spoke were unanimous in their support for the retention of the boulevard’s Crown Post Office, and in their opposition to the planned closure.

Cllr Michael Jones on Twitter said this:

“We invited the management of the Post Office to come to our meeting in Crawley about losing the crown post office, but they refused … It leaves me very doubtful of their claims to put public service first.”

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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