Ross welcomes Co-op efforts to create a Post Office counter in Dufftown

Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed a commitment by the Co-op to configure its store in Dufftown, so it can create a Post Office counter service for people living in the town after the local branch closed three years ago.

Commenting, Douglas said: “After being contacted by constituents about the issue I wrote to the Co-op to ask if they would consider providing a service for residents of Dufftown who lost their main Post Office and are currently reliant on an outreach service.

“I’m delighted the Co-op are now looking at options to re-draw the store layout in Dufftown which would enable them to provide a facility which I know will be welcomed by local people. The store are currently looking at ways of creating the necessary storage room that is required to run a full service.

“I understand the Post Office had been seeking a new operator to run the service, but no one came forward. It is not uncommon for retailers to operate a counter so I have been corresponding with the Co-op about a possible way ahead. While they have been trying to find a solution I’m pleased my letter seems to have focused their attention to ensure they will deliver this service and I look forward to receiving more updates in the near future!