Ridgewood Post Office has been sold and will close from 5pm tomorrow while the current owners Sue and Jon Gothard move out on Thursday.
The sale came to a head quickly with contracts only exchanged on Friday and the couple will be carrying out a stock take with the new owners on Wednesday.
It is understood the new owners intend to keep the shop closed for a week while they prepare to take over.
Jon and Sue have lived and worked at the Post Office for 34 years bringing up two boys in the process.
They will remain living locally during their retirement because Jon looks after his 94-year-old mother and they have a toddler granddaughter and newborn grandson to play with.
The couple have loved the Post Office, in Lewes Road, since they first saw it. To start with they both held other jobs outside it to help pay the bills but they are pleased to be leaving it as a sustainable business.
Ridgewood has grown hugely during their time in the village with new estates being built including New Barn, Sand Ridge, Harlands Farm, Fernley Park, and Castle Rise. And now 1,000 new homes are being built across the road from the Post Office at Ridgewood Farm.
Jon and Sue have enjoyed being at the centre of the community and working with their customers during the past 34 years. Now they are looking forward to retirement.
• Commercial agents Lawson Commercial handled the sale of Ridgewood Post Office. Follow the link to their website for their contact details.