Post Office considers closing 2,000 branches

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Will your neighborhood post office be closing its doors? The money-losing United States Postal Service is considering cutting another 2,000 branches across the country.

What would it mean to close your neighborhood post office? For the answer, we brought our camera to three different branches, and we kept hearing the same thing.

"It would be inconvenient."

"It's just less convenient."

"It'd be inconvenient." make so many loyal customers drive or walk several extra miles to mail their letters and packages.

"I'd either have to go 20 minutes in one direction, 20 minutes in another direction. To be able to stop here and get in a quick weight, or just drop of boxes it's really very convenient," said Joel Webne.

The postal service is losing money. Too many smaller branches are not profitable, so 2,000 of them are being marked for closure.

Holly Green thought that meant the Bellevue branch in North Richmond.

"This one has looked like it's gonna close down for a couple of years. They've taken all the machines out inside, you know like the copier, the stamp machine," Green said.

But the ones that are closing are mostly in rural areas. Monday afternoon, a local spokesperson said of this latest development, none are in the Richmond region. That's good news to customers who make their visits almost every day.

"I like it a lot, it's easy to send stuff, it's right around the house, it's easy," said Charles Henry.

"Basically, as long as there's a P.O. box in there and they put stuff in it, and I take stuff out, it works  just fine," said Durwood Usry.

The local branches appear safe for now, but as the postal service loses even more money skeptics wonder if these cuts are only the beginning.

The postal service makes more money by handling more pieces of mail, but last year it handled only 170 billion pieces, down from the all time high of 210 billion five years ago.

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