New Peacocks store set to open soon
THE new Peacocks store in Wells High Street is due to open in the first two weeks of November.
Work has been taking place to prepare half of what was previously the What! shop for use by the fashion chain.
A spokesperson for Peacocks said: “We very much look forward to opening our new store in Wells, and we are delighted to be joining the local high street.”
Exactly what will fill the other half of the site is still being considered, but it seems likely that it will be used for one of parent company the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group’s other stable of brands such as Jaeger.
A bid is also being made to bring Wells Post Office into the store. The Market Place branch is due to close when Postmaster Kevin Truman retires but a planned move to Spar in Tucker Street fell through.
A Post Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there is an interested applicant who wants to take on Wells Post Office in their High Street store. We are not yet at the stage where we can announce our plans.
“In the meantime, we are delighted that the current Postmaster for Wells has agreed to stay on to maintain service in the city.”
The move by Peacocks means that the application to take on the post office by Heather and Nigel Derrick of Natural Pets of Wells in Queen Street will not be progressing any further.
“We are naturally very disappointed because we were working hard on the application and thought that this would be a good site for the post office although we completely understand why the High Street premises now being offered by Peacocks is the preferred location. As long as Wells is getting to keep its post office and the staff are getting to keep their jobs then that’s what is most important,” said Heather.
“It was lovely for us, though, that so many people took the trouble to pop in and be supportive, initially to say they were delighted we had applied and then more recently to say they were sorry it didn’t work out. The community support in Wells has been amazing, thank you.”