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Camden Town post office shuts its doors… but what next for site?

Rumours that clothing store Primark could be opening up shop

17 January, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Queues at the post office on Camden High Street earlier this month

THE post office in Camden Town shut its doors on Wednesday ahead of a move to a smaller unit two doors down.

The Camden High Street branch has surrendered its Crown status and is to be operated from the back of a UOE stationery shop.

The switch-around has led to speculation about what will move into the main unit, with rumours that Primark could be interested in opening up there.

A spokesman for the clothing firm said: “Primark does not comment on speculation or plans regarding new store openings.”

Simon Pitkeathley, chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited, which represents businesses in the area, said: “The High Street is always changing and it is interesting to note things that are absent. There is nowhere I can buy a shirt or a work shirt.

“There is nowhere to buy kids’ clothes, or things that people work and live in the area need. Whereas food is quite well catered for and tourists have the things they need.”

He added; “I think that it is a very heavily used post office. As a representative for business organisations, I am concerned for businesses as post is an important part of the business journey and losing the capacity of the post office may slow that part of a business person’s day down.

“Whether it can continue to deliver service and speed is my concern.”

When the New Journal visited the post office this week, customers were against the plans to close the branch.

Martha Kirie, 73, said: “They are closing everything. First it was Waitrose and now this. I don’t want to see it closed. It’s only because they want money.”

Karen Gibbs said: “I don’t want to see the post office change. It will be like the one in Kentish Town which is always packed.” She added: “We could do with a decent clothes or shoe shop on the high street.

“It’s pretty boring in Camden. We don’t want any more restaurants. There are too many coffee shops all at the same prices.”

Francesca Murphy, 29, said: “It would be good to see it turned into a clothes shop. That would be useful for the people round here.”

Alex Alexiou, 35, said: “I’ve lived in Camden for 15 years and everything seems to close and turn into luxury flats. I’ve given up resisting it. The pub I used to go to got turned into flats. The Camden High Street has never been nice. It would be good to see more independent businesses be set up rather than more chains.”

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “At this stage we are unable to confirm the future of the site, as we are leasing the building and are not the owners.

“However, we will, of course, work with the current landlord on any future developments.”

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