The new owner of Feniscowles Village Store & Post Office has responded to several customers complaining about the closure of the post office.

The local post office closed on September 30 but the owners of furniture shop, The Mad Chair Company, Tracy Reed and her daughter Remy-Mae announced they were taking over in October.

The owner of the former Village Store and Post Office sadly shared the news that, due to his health, he would not longer be able to run the well-loved community shop in September, but the post office would remain open while the new owners received their training.

Training to become a Post Office master takes around six months.

However, due to a lack of time to cover contracted hours and the former owner no longer being able to train the pair, Tracy has announced that the post office will be closed for the “foreseeable”.

She shared that “due to the cost-of-living crisis” it is not “financially viable to take over".

She said: ”I know that this will be disappointing for lots of people but with the ever increasing cost of living we need to make sure all aspects of our business are profitable.

“This being said our shop is still open, and we have loads of great bits from small and local businesses.

“We stock artisan foods, alcohols and homewares and gifts. We are also always on hand to take to you about our upholstery work and the coffee and cake area is coming very soon.

“The Post Office did bring a lot of footfall in, so now we are exploring other ways to get people in the door.

“If anyone wants to host events such as candle making, wreath making, body shop etc then get in touch. I'd love to work with other local businesses as this is the whole ethos of our business.”

The Mad Chair Company will remain open at the Feniscowles Village Store on Preston Old Road.