Czech Post offers a branch in Liberec-Vesec for the seventh time, price reduced to CZK 7.83 million

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2024-05-09   10:42
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Czech Post is offering a closed branch in the Vesec district of Liberec for the seventh time. The electronic auction in the sixth round was supposed to take place next week, but no one put down a deposit by the deadline, so it will not be. The post office is offering the branch again, and has reduced the price by about a tenth to CZK 7.83 million. This is the first of 13 closed branches in the Liberec region that Česká pošta is offering at auction. The electronic auction starts on Wednesday 12 June.

The house is located on the main road next to the primary school near the bus stop. There is also a small garden on the 524 sqm plot. In addition to the now vacant post office, the house has two rented apartments 1+1 and 3+1 on the first floor. The building is approximately 125 years old, has a basement and an attic. According to the expert, the building is well-preserved and the Czech Post originally wanted at least CZK 8.7 million for it.

Liberec has not been involved in the auction even once so far, even though the city councillors decided last year that the city would seek the buildings of the closed branches in Vesec and also in Švermova Street in Františkov and near Vápenka. Deputy mayor Adam Lenert (ANO) said that the town hall does not consider the price reduction sufficient.

"The amount we would be willing to accept is around six million," he said. Earlier, for comparison, he said that the town hall had given CZK 12.5 million to a private owner for a residential building with six flats in Na Žižkově Street the autumn before last. The price of the Vesec branch is thus unreasonable from the town hall's point of view.

Last July, the Czech Post closed almost 300 branches in the country due to austerity measures, leaving 2,900 and laying off about 1,500 people. The post office argued that the demand for traditional postal services was declining, and by reducing the number of branches and laying off some employees, it mitigated its losses. In the Liberec region, 13 branches closed at the beginning of last year's holiday season, most of them in the regional capital, where the post office closed six, including the second largest in OC Globus. Three post offices were lost in Česká Lípa, two in Jablonec nad Nisou and one each in Turnov and Rokytnice nad Jizerou.

Source: Czech Post and CTK

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