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Raleigh post offices also on list for closure

Posted August 6, 2009 10:53 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2009 11:12 a.m. EDT

— The list of post offices being considered for closure or consolidation that was leaked by the Washington Post earlier this week was incomplete, a postal service spokesman said.

The list included 677 locations, including Fayetteville's Haymount Station Post Office at 106 Oakridge Ave. Postal service spokesman Carl Walton said Thursday that while no Triangle locations were on that printed list, two Raleigh post offices are at risk for closure.

The United States Postal Service is looking at locations with low foot traffic as it considers how to cut costs. The USPS has seen profits fall by $7 billion this year, spokeswoman Enola Rice said.

“People are using the post office less and less” and the postal service has handled about 20 billion fewer pieces of mail this year, Rice said.

Walton said that Five Points Station, at 2009 Fairview Road, and the State University Station across from NCSU, at 10 Horne St. are both under review. He said the decisions would be made after the postal service begins a new fiscal year Oct. 1.

The Washington Post reported that a Congressional committee is considering all the locations on the list based upon level of use and proximity to other post offices. The source said about 200 locations nationwide could be closed or consolidated.

Rice said the move would cut costs while preserving jobs. “We have had no layoffs, and we’re not going to have layoffs,” she said. Those employed at locations that close would be transferred to a nearby post office, she said.