Connecticut town's only post office closes without any advance notice

salem2Customers often complain that the USPS process for closing post offices is just a formality- once the USPS decides to close a PO, it’s pretty much a done deal, regardless of customer feedback and public meetings. But what if you’re one of the growing number of customers served by a contract station? If you live in Salem CT, the “process” consisted of a sign on the door one morning saying that the office was closed:

Salem – When residents arrived at the town’s only post office to mail packages Thursday morning, they were greeted by a sign on the business’s door announcing that it had been permanently closed.

Salem has no official post office, and residents relied on a Contract Postal Unit operated by the Four Corners Country Deli. But when the deli closed, apparently unexpectedly on Wednesday, so did the postal unit.

The 46 residents with P.O. boxes will have to pick up their mail at the Colchester post office for now, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Christine Dugas. And all residents will have to go out of town to mail a package or use other postal services.

Read more: The Day – Customers surprised to find Salem post office out of business | News from southeastern Connecticut.