Local post offices face possible closure
By Jeff Whitten
If closed, they would be replaced by Village Post Offices. These offices would be operated by local businesses such as grocery stores.
The reason offered by the USPS for the study was that more customers conduct their postal business online, on their smartphones and at retail shopping outlets.
They would offer such services as stamps and flat-rate packaging.
Officer in Charge Linda Barker of the Morris Chapel Post Office had no comment on the possible closing of her location.
Vernell Smith, Officer in Charge of the Saltillo Post Office referred all inquiries to Beth Barnett, of corporate communications for the Tennessee District of the USPS. However, the number given for her appeared to be disconnected.
Attempts to contact the Postmaster of Guys was unsuccessful.
Barbara Milford, Officer in Charge of the Shiloh Post Office, declined comment.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahue in the press release noted that 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from retail stores and online.
“Our customers habits have made clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of our postal business,” Donahue said.
He said that there are currently 32,000 retail post offices and 70,000 third party providers.
“The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahue said.