Elgin Post Office Among Those Identified For Possible Closure

Washington, DC (2011-07-26) A Scott County Post Office is one of sixty postal facilities in Tennessee identified in an extended study for possible closure by the United States Postal Service.

Elgin Post Office (37732) is among 3700 Post Offices across the country which will be considered by the United States Postal Service for possible closure.  While not always a stand-alone facility, Elgin has had a post office since 1891.

“Our customer’s habits have made it clear they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” stated a release from the USPS.  More and more of USPS customers are choosing to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phone and at their shopping destinations. Thusly, the need to maintain the agencies nearly 32,000 retail offices has diminished.

In an effort to reduce cost, the postal service, which is losing money daily, is taking steps to “right-size” it retail network.  As part of this concerted effort, the postal services has identified 3700 retail offices for possible closure, including Elgin.

“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 has 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.