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USPS releases list of post offices to be considered for closing

Click here for the list of post offices being considered for closure.

WASHINGTON — As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes. To that end, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation.

“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”

For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.

“By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.”

With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers — Approved Postal Providers — selling postage stamps and providing expanded access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service.

“The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe added.

The list of offices being studied and additional information, including video, audio soundbites, b-roll and JPEGs, can be found at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/welcome.htm.

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  • mary Jensen

    I recently received news that the Cinebar Post office will be closing. I did some research to see why this would happen. It seems the USPS has decided that “Rural” post offices are targeted due to poor condition and lack of use. Well “CINEBAR” does not qualify. They are a new building in a community of farmers, middle class, and farmers. We find Lorraine Woods a delight. She goes out of her way to help our community folks on her own time and expense. There are many post offices in lewis county and would appreciate it if the USPS would provide me with a list of the guidelines by which they decided to close Cinebar and NOT Silvercreek, Ethel, Mossyrock, etc.
    We need our post office! Please reconsider this closure. Come to a community meeting and meet our neighbors and explain your decision. This can be arranged through our Community president. Please respond to my request.

  • cary bunch

    is the Fulton Texas post office on the closure list? It is 78358.I am getting ready to print flyers and I will need to plan accordingly.

  • Gregg

    WHAT?? Our customers no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.This is a sad statement in many ways.1-We can expand to other retail outlets like Walmart,CVS,Office Depot,Mc’Donalds,Burger King,Wendys etc…2-We will save tons of money by closing P.O.nationwide.3-We can downsize our workforce and save even more money,not considering the burden it will put on USPS employees who will either lose their jobs or be relocated.The list goes on and on.Mr.Donahoe talks about the so called “Village Post Office”.Will any actual USPS personel work their?? NO!!I know these are tough times.But Mr.Donahoe must consider all of the USPS employees who have dedicated their life to the USPS.Yeah,the USPS needs to do something about it’s future.However,I consider Mr.Donahoe’s statement a slap in the face to it’s employees!!If times are so tough,and the public is not using the USPS anymore,what makes him think that will change in another venue.It won’t!! Mr.Donahoe is a “Village Idiot”!!

  • fernando Silva

    That is real nice thank god the postmasters and clerks have such good unions on there side. Oh wait no they don’t because if they did they would not be loosing there jobs.

  • Buz

    Didn’t they put out a list of offices for closure a couple of years ago? What’s different this time?

  • Coy Day

    By closing my post office many people who have no
    transpotation have no way to get to there mail. IN rural
    Wva there is no public trans. Adn cariers are afried to
    take these route due to wield life and the condition
    of the roads. Cluster boxes are useless due to the
    elderly can not get to them due tho there disabiltys
    southern Wv is moutainsand hills that in winter will
    cause major injury to carrers and driver . yet they
    want people to travel twenty mile or more just to get
    mail. This is what will happen if these offices in my area
    are closes. the nearest four lane isthirty mile frommy home. I have fore mountains to crost just to get to the
    nearest doctor,or store, now the postal system is doing
    the same when is thi go0ing to end.

  • Deborah jester

    I have worked for USPS for 19 years and still maintain postal service is too top heavy.we have been told to lie about up times of mail just so upper crust can continue to get bonuses.cutting from the bottom will never work.start trimming from the top and see how much money you save!

  • Mike Pantoja

    In South Carolina the postal service needs to look at 298 zip codes. Graniteville, Vaucluse, Warrenville, Gloverville, Bath, Langley Burnettown these offices are less than 2 miles apart from each other. They can be combined into 2 offices.

  • Tom

    where the hell is the list, i don’t see it anywhere.

  • Kathryn

    I just hope someone is thinking what life will be like if we get involved in some sort of crisis such as war & country wide power outage! How will people know anything of their relatives serving in other countries or even in our own country! When the Internet is down and no power, GOD help us

  • Jerry

    Hey Gregg, GROW UP

  • Matt

    Jester,ding ding ding ding!You hit the nail right smack on the head!I concur!Trim the fat!

  • Handsome J

    UPS … 1 supervisor for 20 – 24 workers
    USPS … 1 supervisor for 6 – 8 workers

  • Mildred

    We work 25 miles from home and don’t want mail sitting in a box all day in our rural area, therefore we rent a PO Box. We can only get to the PO Box on Saturdays. Now you want to close it completely. Keep the Parksville Post Office open! But to close Parksville and Modoc is crazy!

  • Tony S.

    Seems to me that most of the people leaving responses are missing the point. The postal serivce is LOOSING MONEY. In order to conserve it closes low activity locations. Not because there are nice people working there. This will help reduce their expenditures so that the TAXPAYER do not have to pick up the slack. Some people think this is a private enterprise, if so what do the congressional boozos have to do with the process. Lets get real and let them (USPS) do what they need to do without our elected morons.

  • Barbara X.

    Please, people. If you expect anyone to take you seriously, learn how to spell. Having post offices remain open will do no good if no one remembers or takes the time to learn how to write correctly. “I have fore mountains to crost.” Really?

  • Cynthia Cox

    If USPS wants to impress me with equal customer services, why don’t they start with stopping door-to-door delivery in the city and putting up mail boxes like the country folk do. If USPS wants to stay functioning in profits and stop the deficits, consider the management to employment ratio. If USPS wants to save monies consider the perk benefits that upper management receives and cutting from the top of the organization working its way down the labor line. Set the US example needed for this economy by cutting from the top down! The only way that USPS can be a fair service to Americans is to create an organization that considers the demographics of the services provided to all customers and their locations. I am sure the Postmaster General has never even been in a rural community post office or road on a city and rural route to deliver mail. When these individuals who make decisions that affect all of us start learning the job and doing the job-then the profits will return to society’s demands of changing the way USPS does business. But you can not know any job of the USPS if you have never handled mail! Sad to see that USPS is discriminating on US citizens based upon rural locations to cut services when there are many more cuts that can be done to save the USPS without discriminating against customers or cutting service.

  • Lorraine Cronnan

    Its true that almost everyone uses the internet for bills, etc. and that takes away half the volume of mail. But I believe the problem goes beyond that. Too many supervisors, too much pay at the top, there are many many ways to fix their budget !! How about consolidating every three post offices to just one large one and WITHOUT LAYING OFF ANY WORKERS EXCEPT FOR THE EXTRA SUPERVISORS. Think of those savings without having to run those extra buildings!! The post office is a vital and needed org. They do more than just mail – they
    look out for the neighborhood, bring the mail right to the door of the elderly, and help businesses advertise – thats just the tip of the iceberg in their importance. and by the way – you internet users? Good luck in a blackout or your online bill paying being viewed by hackers.