Business model of the ’60s finds popularity once more

Now - Doreen Warwick re-opens the Post Office with post-master Nick Mattlock.
Now - Doreen Warwick re-opens the Post Office with post-master Nick Mattlock.
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A north Northumberland shop has relaunched a delivery service – half-a-century after it was last in action.

Following the extensive refurbishment of Alnmouth Post Office and a new name – Puffin Stores, the business has announced a free grocery delivery service to the residents of Alnmouth and surrounding area.

Then - Alnmouth Post Office as John Earle's store in the 1950s, with shop assistant Betty Tait in the doorway.

Then - Alnmouth Post Office as John Earle's store in the 1950s, with shop assistant Betty Tait in the doorway.

Owner Nick Mattlock said: “Our goal has been to restore Alnmouth Post Office to its former role as the village’s general store and off-licence, as well as being the newsagent’s and Post Office.

“We now offer a full and comprehensive range of groceries at very competitive prices.

“To provide even more value to our customers we are re-launching the free delivery service our predecessors offered.”

This is restoring a service that was provided by the store more than 50 years (and several owners) ago by Haswell Warwick who delivered goods throughout the Alnmouth area in the 1960s.

The Warwick family still owns the shop premises on Northumberland Street.

Mr Warwick’s daughter, Anne, said: “My father used to deliver groceries throughout the area many years ago and it is pleasing that this service is now being offered again today.

“This is particularly important when there are many people who are elderly and disabled and particularly in the winter find it difficult to get out and about.”

The service is offered to the residents of Alnmouth, Lesbury, Hipsburn and Bilton.

Residents or visitors can request a price list either in person at the Post Office or by email to alnmouthpostoffice@gmail.com

Orders can then be made either by phoning 01665 830356 or email.