An Aberdeen community is to welcome back a post office in the new year after being without it for three years.
The Woodside service is to reopen after an application was lodged by Sal Ahmad.
Sal, who has run the Berryden Post Office with her husband Zulfiquar for the last 14 years, registered her interest in the empty lot last month.
She said: “We had originally hoped to open in time for Christmas, but it is a mammoth undertaking so it will be early next year.
“Movement with these kind of things can take a long time and though we don’t have an exact date yet, we hope to open in January.”
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Sal, who expects to run the new business with around three staff members, was delighted with the progress of the application.
She said: “I am absolutely ecstatic – we have been trying to do this for a long time.
“Customers have been asking about it and so we are really pleased.
“Hopefully we can continue to offer the same high level of customer service as we do in Berryden.
“We will try to take it from strength to strength.
“It’s nice to give the good news, especially when there are so many closures of banks and post offices around.”
Mark McDonald MSP, who represents the Aberdeen Donside constituency, said: “This is great news for the community of Woodside.
“The loss of Woodside Post Office was a bitter blow to many who relied on the services it provided.
“The fact the service will return in the new year will be warmly welcomed and supported by local residents.”
Sal and Zulfiquar’s team at Berryden Post Office were shortlisted for the Post Office award of best main branch earlier this year.