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New-look post office also sells coffee

THE city’s first post office to sell coffee has opened for a trial run during the ongoing Shanghai Tourism Festival near the landmark Normandie Apartments on Huaihai Road M. in Xuhui District.

The post office used to be the Tianping Road China Post Office at the west of the mansion. It now has a vintage wooden design and classic European style.

The 58-square-meter post office used to have about 40 sqm for work and storage.

Now there’s only one clerk, and more space for customers.

Outside the office, there’s a small garden with flowers and a picket fence in dark green, the color of China Post, where visitors can take selfies for their social media.

A traditional bike once used by postmen to deliver mail is placed near the garden with a post bag hanging on it.

A South Korean man said there was no such place in his country. “It’s beautiful and both my son and I are happy,” he said.

The trial run will end on October 6 and resume normal postal operation after that.

During the trial period, visitors can write a dated letter anytime before October 6 next year and have it delivered accordingly.

They can print audio postcards with commemorative designs that can be stamped and mailed.

According to Gao Jing, a worker at the office, there are still many customers who use the post offices to pay water, electricity and gas bills.

“Most of them are nearby residents,” Gao said.

“It’s convenient for them. We have basic services like mailing letters, packages and express. But now we offer ice cream, coffee and cultural products too. Our services are expanding.”

Cooperating with local time-honored food brand Qiaojiashan, the post office provides a “coffee corner” for customers to enjoy drinks. Normandie Apartments-shaped ice cream bars and a pocketbook about the mansion are also available at the post office.


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