The building of the closed branch of the Czech Post in the Vesec district of Liberec was not sold
The building of the closed branch of the Czech Post in Liberec was not sold in an electronic auction. The post office wanted CZK 8.7 million for the building in the Vesec district, but no one joined the bidding. The town hall was not interested either, as the asking price seemed too high. The electronic auction will be repeated, but not until after the New Year, announced Czech Post spokesman Ivo Vysoudil. It has not yet been decided at what price the post office will offer the branch in the new auction.
The family house in Česká Street in Liberec is the first closed branch in the Liberec Region that the Czech Post has put up for sale. The house in Vesec is located on the main road next to a primary school, with a bus stop in front of it. On the plot with a total area of 524 sqm there is a small garden in addition to the house. In addition to the now empty post office, there are 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, its condition is well preserved. According to Vysoudil, the starting price was determined on the basis of an expert opinion.
Although the Liberec City Council decided that the city would seek the buildings of the closed branches in Vesec and also in Švermova Street in Františkov and near Vápenka, it did not participate in the auction. "In our judgement, it is expensive," said Deputy Mayor Adam Lenert (ANO), who said the corresponding price would have been a third to a half lower. "We are interested, but we always have to assess the condition and the price," he added. He said the municipality gave CZK 12.5 million to a private owner for a residential building with six flats on Na Žižkově Street a quarter of a year ago, making the Vesec branch disproportionately expensive.
Since July, the Czech Post has closed nearly 300 branches in the country due to austerity, leaving 2,900 and laying off about 1,500 people. The post office has argued that interest in traditional postal services is declining and it wants to mitigate its losses by reducing the number of branches and laying off some employees. In the Liberec region, 13 branches closed at the beginning of the holiday season, most of them in the regional capital, where the post office closed six, including the second largest in the Globus shopping centre. Three post offices were lost in Česká Lípa, two in Jablonec nad Nisou and one each in Turnov and Rokytnice nad Jizerou. No other branch is for sale yet.
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