Post Office Considers Closing More Than 100 Locations In W. Pa.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 100 post offices in western Pennsylvania could be closed over the next year.

That’s the word from the U.S. Postal Service.

Facing huge deficits and lost customers, the post office is looking for ways to scale back.

People are not mailing letters anymore. Because of it, another round of post office closings is in the offing.

“Twenty percent of our mail volumes we have seen go away over the last four years, $8.5 billion we lost in revenue last year,” U.S. Post Office spokesperson Tad Kelly told KDKA Money Editor Jon Delano. “We’ve got to right size the operation.”

Kelly says 126 post offices in western Pennsylvania –14 percent – may be shut down soon.

“This is a changing marketplace and we need to change with it,” says Kelly.

Among the post offices on the list to possibly close are the Downtown post office at the U.S. Courthouse, Fourth Avenue Downtown, Gateway Center, Allegheny on the North Side and Wylie in the Hill District.

Others include Bellevue, Brookline, Hazelwood, Sharpsburg, downtown Uniontown and Central Station in Washington, Pa.

Postal officials say people’s habits have changed. They use technology instead of mail and more automated systems to purchase stamps. Because of this, the post office wants to create what it calls “Village Post Offices” at local stores.

“If you want to dedicate a space in your operation, in your store, you can have a post office in there,” says Kelly. “Many of them we suspect will have PO boxes where mail can actually be delivered there and picked up for customers.

“They’ll be able to sell stamps, they’ll be able to sell our express and priority mail, weight in post packages, the same things you can do in a post office, only it will be in agreement, a partnership with an existing business in the community,” he explained.

This may make the neighborhood post office soon a thing of the past.

No decisions will be made until December. In the meantime, worried parties should call the post office or their members of Congress.

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  • keep mail!

    Sorry, but I like mail. I would love the days of mail delievery twice a day, everyday. I look forward to the catalogs, the ads and coupons. Also, I send packages thru the mail, I receive orders thru the mail for Dr’s.

  • steve

    Well if you like mail that often, be prepared to pay for it. We have been subsidizing businesses who send you all that trash by giving them steep discounts for “bulk mail”. That needs to stop right now. Junk mail is bad for the environment, bad for the post office and bad for my trashcan.

  • Thomas J Duttine

    You ever go to the post office….If they closed it would be no great loss. The people are ignorant and arrogant. Only one window out of 3-5 is ever open and they treat you like they are doing you a favor instead of their job!

    • SAnonymous

      Hi, Thomas. I agree with you 100%! SOME employees who work at SOME post office locations in Pittsburgh act like it is a big task to do a little task asked by their customers, then you see their bad attitudes! They should be thankful they have a job in todays economy and not have a bad attitude because their asked to do a little task by their customers!

  • Anonymous

    Well, you removed my comment, but did add the link to the list. Guess I just do not understand how this site works…..

  • JustSaying

    It seems like every crossroad has it’s own zipcode and post office. They SHOULD close down all those little offices and consolidate into a larger central location. Especially if it’s true that the small offices are only busy 2 hrs. a day and generate less than 27k per year in revenue. The USPS is a perfect example of bloat and waste combined with mis-management. They are supposed to be self-sustaining but how can they be with their current business model?

  • Zoeyzotron

    Why does Fed Ex turn a profit, even in turbulent times but the US Post Office cannot? Just another example of a poorly run government operation. If volume dropped five years ago then why where the adjustments not made five years ago… Typical government job.

    They should only deliver mail Mon., Wed., and Friday to slash costs. We would get along just fine.

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