WIGAN’S main Post Office will trial longer opening hours this Christmas.
The town centre branch at the top of Wallgate is one of a number which have been chosen nationwide to test the market on the run up to the festive season in a programme.
And it is likely to be adopted annually if it proves a success in generating extra footfall.
From today the branch will open from 8.30am to 6pm on week days and from 9am to 3.30pm on Saturdays - an extra 22 hours in the build up to Christmas.
It is also one of hundreds of high street branches selling Christmas cards that match this year’s Royal Mail Christmas 1st Class stamps.
At least 40p from each pack will be donated to BBC Children in Need.
They feature Father Christmas with a robin perching on his hand and have been designed by best-selling children’s illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Regional Manager for the Post Office in Lancashire Martin Rouse said: “Christmas is an extremely busy time for many people.
“We want to make this Christmas special ad as stress free as possible for all our customers by offering longer opening hours at Wigan Branch.
The Post Office is currently undertaking a multi million pound investment programme in it’s branch network.
More than 6000 branches will be modernised over ther next three years, allowing them to offer longer opening hours including Sunday opening.