Across the street . . . Gore Paper Plus owners Doug and Denise Grant will be welcoming NZPost customers into the shop in September when the agency opens there. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

New Zealand Post customers will simply cross the street to access postal services when the HJ Smith agency closes at the end of August.

The agency’s new home is in Gore’s Paper Plus, owned by Doug and Denise Grant.

Mr Grant said the business was looking forward to taking over the agency.

“We and our staff are excited about picking up New Zealand Post,” he said.

Offering postal services would bring more people into the shop.

“It’s a real bonus for us.”

New staff would be employed and existing staff trained.

Customers would also benefit.

“It’s going to be good that the post boxes and shop is going to be kept in the centre of town.”

A lobby would be built to house post boxes.

“It will be 24-hour access.”

It was hoped the building alterations would start at the end of this month.

It was planned to open the agency on September 2.

A New Zealand Post spokesperson said the group was pleased to be partnering with Paper Plus Gore.

“The new agency will offer all the postal, courier and bill payment services that were provided at HJ Smith.”

The couple were also approached by Kiwibank but had turned down the offer to have banking services in the shop.

“It’s not going to fit with our model,” Mr Grant said.

A Kiwibank spokesperson said Kiwibank was still in discussions with local businesses that might wish to be a Kiwibank service agent in Gore.

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