The post office in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford is now under new management after being operated under the direct control of the Jhoots pharmacy group for almost five years.
A small celebration on Thursday 15th April marked the takeover of the popular facility by members of the Azad family, who have many years of experience within the Post Office business, working as clerks, managers and trainers.
Arsalaan (Sid) Azad has taken on the role of postmaster, with his mother Faiqa acting as post office manager, supported by other family members as and when needed.
Faiqa’s previous role with the Post Office saw her helping postmasters transfer into new offices, so she is well qualified for her new position.
Post office assistant Hazel Phelps retains her role, with Sid saying of her: “Hazel’s experience shines through in everything she does and customers have adored her throughout her lengthy service.”
New postmaster Sid told the Journal:
“My business and sales experience ranges from running a travel business, which for obvious reasons I have had to move on from, to being a financial broker in the commercial sector. I spent the majority of my youth working in retail so understand the importance of customer service and providing true value to the community.”
Opening hours are unchanged and services offered from the post office now include life insurance, travel insurance and money exchange. The retail side is being bolstered with convenient goods for customers including stationery, toys and gift cards.
“We are looking to grow a strong relationship amongst all in the area with our post office plus the retail side being able to provide products to locals which are in demand. Just ask and we’ll see if we can source it for you!”
More information: Opening times and services available at Stoke Gifford Post Office
This article originally appeared in the May 2021 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 8). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.