Proposed Post Office closings

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of post offices across the country are being considered for closure, including dozens in the commonwealth. The move is part of an effort to save the cash strapped agency money. A list of locations under review for closure was made public Tuesday morning.

Nationwide, most offices facing review are in rural areas. Locally, six Richmond post offices could closed for good, including branches on Hopkins Road and West Broad Street. The postal agency calls it a necessary cost cutting move, but some customers aren't happy.

"It's only 10 minutes from where I live. It'll be inconvenient if they do close it," said customer, Victoria Hernandez.

Hernandez says a closure would cost her time and money.

"I'd probably have to drive 25 minutes from where I live just to get to another post office," she added.

Some post offices on the list don't sell enough stamps or get a lot of foot traffic.

"It's fast in and out," said customer Shannon Tillery about the Branch at 2101 Hopkins Road.

Postal officials say they're looking into an alternative service, such as putting offices in local businesses, halls or community centers. They would be called village post offices. The change  would save money for the financially struggling agency.

"We want to make sure we're providing access and we think that we can provide better access at less cost, by taking this approach," said Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe.

Customer, Rebecca Alley, says closing locations is better than an increase in postal prices.

"They need to do something besides raise the postage - it's getting so expensive people can't buy stuff and have it shipped," said Alley.

For now, postal officials say just because a location is being reviewed for closure doesn't mean it will close. A final decision on which locations will close for good is expected to be announced in November.

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