FILM star Kenneth Branagh was among the many customers to congratulate Sunninghill Post Office’s new subpostmaster on its reopening.
He handed over a congratulation card and flowers to subpostmaster Anita Sharma, of the Kings Road branch, after it was officially reopened on Friday.
The branch was closed between Monday, June 30, and Monday, July 14, for major refurbishment, before it was officially reopened by Royal Borough mayor and mayoress Cllr Richard and Mary-Lou Kellaway.
Customers can be served from two open-plan counters and a modern screened position in the branch.
Saturday trading hours have also been extended, from 9.30am-12.30pm to 9.30am-5.30pm.
Mrs Sharma was appointed as the new subpostmaster following the retirement of Paul Wahlia, who had spent 10 years in the role.
Cllr Kellaway said: “The new Sunninghill Post Office and store looks great. I am delighted to congratulate new postmaster Anita Sharma and her team on providing this vital community role.
“The longer opening hours on a Saturday afternoon will make it far more convenient for customers as they have a greater choice when to visit.
“The open-plan counters make it far easier for staff and customers to talk, too.”
There is now also air conditioning in the branch, while customers can enjoy coffee and a wider range of cards, stationery, drinks and confectionery.
Mrs Sharma said: “Customers have been amazed at the refurbishment – their reaction is “wow!” when they walk through the doors as it looks modern and very professional. I surveyed customers to find out what
changes people wanted including retail items and I really listened.
“The open-plan counters have made a huge difference – more welcoming and friendly.
“The new air conditioning has proved very popular with the hot weather.”