Post Office Considers Closing 15 Local Outlets

One in 10 retail outlets around the country could close.

By Staff and RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
|  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 2:12 PM EDT
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Post Office Considers Closing 15 Local Outlets

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United States Postal Service has put 15 local sites on the list to study.

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The financially-troubled Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets and studying local offices, branches and stations all over the country for possible closing.

Of the 3,653 local post offices that the postal service is studying, there are 15 in Connecticut.

"It's no secret that the Postal Service is looking to change the way we do a lot of things," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at a briefing. "We do feel that we are still relevant to the American public and the economy, but we have to make some tough choices."

Many branches and offices could be replaced by Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.

Most of the offices that face review are in rural areas and have low volumes of business, but several post offices to be studied in Connecticut are in cities.

Connecticut offices on the list are:

  • Ann Street, Hartford
  • Blue Hills, Hartford
  • Forestville, Bristol
  • Unity Plaza, Hartford
  • Ballouville, Ballouville
  • Gilman, Gilman
  • Allingtown, West Haven
  • Amity Retail Store, New Haven
  • Kilby, New Haven
  • Westville, New Haven
  • Barnum, Bridgeport
  • Glenbrook, Stamford
  • Noble, Bridgeport
  • East End, Waterbury
  • Lakewood, Waterbury

Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office will have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, they will be able to appeal to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.
 

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