WHITE Rock Post Office in Paignton has been officially opened following a major refurbishment.
Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony to re-launch the new-style branch in Goodrington Road was Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver.
The building project began almost nine months ago. Work was planned so the Post Office and store could remain open to the public for as long as possible.
The branch was closed for a fortnight while the internal refit took place to modernise the whole store.
The layout of the store has changed and the main Post Office is now in the extended part of the building.
White Rock Post Office now has three serving positions — two modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point, a new concept for delivering Post Office products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours.
Post Office customers will benefit from opening hours being extended by 53 hours a week.
The extra hours include Saturday afternoon, Sunday and the branch will open significantly earlier and close much later every day.
The car tax renewal service has also been added.
Sub-postmaster Tony Kirby said: "We have extended the premises and the Post Office and the whole retail area has been completely refurbished. The change is dramatic.
"We have gone from basically being a newsagents for 30 years to becoming a premier convenience store offering food and alcohol."