A FORMER post office, left empty for more than two years, finally has some new occupants.

Chase Cycles is relocating to the old The News Shop, in Winchester’s Upper High Street with plans to open later this month.

The bike business closed its doors in Waltham Chase before Christmas after more than five years there. Business owner Aaron Windebank has since been busy moving into the new base in the city centre.

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Mr Windebank, 35, from Eastleigh, said: “Waltham Chase was a bit more of a secluded location. The shop here in Winchester is a similar space but it’s close the train station, hospital and offices so hopefully we can some more people riding into work.

“A lot of our customers are up this way anyway but we will no longer be on some of our locals’ doorsteps. A lot of our regulars have walked up to have a look through the window already.

“It’s just me at the moment but I will be looking to get some Saturday staff at least. We’ve already had some interest actually.

“I will be excited when it’s done. I just want to get everything finished. The brands we’re selling do not have that much representation here. There’s not a huge amount around in terms of new bikes for sale. This was the best location for me to relocate to.”

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The former Post Office closed in November 2021 when the postmaster resigned and has been left empty ever since.

Mr Windebank is making minimal changes to the unit, with upstairs being used as the shop floor and downstairs being used as a work and storage space.

As well as bikes from brands such as Giant Liv, Ridgeback and Whyte the shop will offer accessories and servicing. For more information go to chase-cycles.co.uk/.