Following temporary closure, an Oxford post office is set to re-open tomorrow (Friday, February 9).

The Post Office has confirmed that it will reopen in the now Morrisons Daily store (formerly Martin’s under McColl’s) on Balfour Road tomorrow.

The branch initially closed on January 29 as the premises were refurbished; converted from a McColl’s store, leaving residents to utilise other nearby post offices.

On May 6 2022, it was announced that McColl’s would enter voluntary administration with PricewaterhouseCoopers after it was reported that the retailer was on the verge of financial collapse due to increasing debt and a loss of income attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

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On 9 May 2022, Morrisons agreed to acquire McColl’s in an insolvency arrangement, later announcing on November 1 it would close down 132 loss-making McColl’s stores during the remainder of the year and convert those remaining into Morrisons Daily stores within the next two to three years.

McColl’s traded at the Balfour Road property under the name of Martin’s – a chain of newsagents the group purchased in 1998.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Balfour Road Post Office was inside a McColl’s store which was taken over by Morrisons. The branch closed on 29 January for refurbishment of the premises into a Morrisons Daily store.

“It is due to re-open on Friday 9 February. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the branch. In the interim alternative branches include Cowley Centre, Littlemore and Donnington.”