Gazette and goods galore

Over the Counter feature'Mike and Chris Bunn at Hinderwell Post Office'Picture by Neil Silk  111905'10/05/11
Over the Counter feature'Mike and Chris Bunn at Hinderwell Post Office'Picture by Neil Silk 111905'10/05/11

WHEN you wander into Hinderwell Post Office to send a letter, buy a stamp or collect a parcel you can also pick up a box of cereal, bottle of shampoo and your latest Whitby Gazette too.

A post office for over 50 years, the business run by sub-postmaster Mike Bunn and wife Chris has had to change with the times.

It sells more than your average post office and that includes stocking a variety of items from sweets to stationary to bread and cakes delivered fresh each day from Stonehouse Bakery and Botham’s.

One of the biggest attractions for customers is a free-to-use cash machine and they often pick up other goods at the same time.

Mike said: “We don’t have all the things like superstores but we cover most people’s needs.

“You can almost set your watch by some of them coming in but that is just the habits that people get into.”

Mike and his team at Hinderwell PO, which includes two part-time members of staff, also help boost the sales figures of the Whitby Gazette with the 300 copies they sell each week.

Mike added: “We don’t sell as many on a Tuesday as we do on a Friday. It is 200 plus copies on a Friday and 100 plus for the Tuesday.

“How we stock the Whitby Gazette is done historically and we increase for when the holiday season starts.

“We have got two caravan sites in the village and one at Runswick.

“Holiday makers buy a paper and take one home, especially at the weekend and a lot like the area so much they look at the property prices as well.”

With post offices being forced out of business up and down the country, Hinderwell PO has had to stay one step ahead of the game but Mike believes there is always a place in local villages for businesses like his.

He added: “It is not a place people come for a weekly shop. It is a convenience store which is what we are all about.

“If this was closed people would struggle - the nearest post office is Staithes and the other way it is the Parade.”