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Newtonmore Post Office will soon be under new ownership

By Tom Ramage

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Graeme Irvine outside of the Post Office last year.
Graeme Irvine outside of the Post Office last year.

The strath’s longest-serving postmaster is ready to retire from the job, but will have to wait a little longer.

Graeme Irvine, at Newtonmore’s popular Post Office in the heart of the village, followed his father, Charlie, into the post.

But now a buyer has been found for the business ending a PO connection with the family spanning four decades.

Mr Irvine has told customers: “As many of you will know, we announced last year that we wished to sell up after the Post Office being in the family for 40 years. Although a new operator has been chosen, the transfer has not happened as quickly as we had hoped.

“We are now in a position where we don’t have enough qualified staff to run the branch on its present hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but most of our transactions occur during our new opening hours.

“We will continue to assist our customers where possible.”

It was in September that Mr Irvine told the Strathy he wanted to pursue other business interests as he put the branch on the local market first, before advertising nationally.

He said after four decades the decision had not been taken lightly.

The new owners have yet to be revealed and it is not known just how long the formal transfer will take.

Meantime the revised trading hours, which changed at the start of this week, are now Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 9am to noon.

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