The developer responsible for the redevelopment of Stretford Mall provided an update on its Post Office as the shop in which it is based is set to close.

WHSmith is set to close in the shopping centre this summer sparking concern about a loss of service for residents.

On March 10, developer Bruntwood Works said it was in talks with postmasters about a replacement Post Office.

On April 24, it provided an update on the process.

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A post on social media said: "We are working alongside the Post Office and Trafford Council to ensure the service continues after the closure of WHSmith in Stretford Mall. 

"Please be assured that we understand how important the service is to the community and that we are doing everything we can to move the process along as swiftly as possible. 

"We have had a high volume of applicants from postmasters who are keen to provide the service. These are now with the Post Office while they follow their process to review those applications and select a new management team. 

"As soon as the Post Office have appointed that team, we will update on the next steps and timelines."

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The redevelopment of Stretford Mall includes the reinstatement of King Street as a high street with bars, restaurants, retailers and a market hall via the removal of the roof of a section of the shopping centre.

The outdoors is seen as important part of the proposals, which include a square with events spaces and seating areas, plus a significant amount of greenery. Additionally the proposals include significant investment into the car park.

Work started on some of the units on Chester Road in the last week or so and it is set to start on King Street soon. It is set to end as early as next summer, when attention is set to switch to the creation of 800 apartments and townhouses, and a canalside destination on the site of the Lacy Street car park and ex-Royal Mail sorting office.

The details of these are still to be rubber stamped.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.