Village Post Offices Make Up for Reduced Hours

RUSH, Ky. (WSAZ) -- For post office customers who have been inconvenienced by reduced hours and budget cuts, a new solution is popping up in local communities.

When the U.S. Postal Service closed some offices and reduced hours at others last spring, customers were limited to just six hours on weekdays to fulfill their postal needs. The U.S.P.S. is starting to open up “Village Post Offices” for some of the basic postal services customers need most often.

In Rush, Ky., the U.S.P.S. opened a Village Post Office Monday at Star Country Market and Pizza. There, customers can come in any time the store is open to send out mail or buy stamps and flat-rate packages.

Michelle Evans, one of the owners of Star Country, said it will help her customers.

“Everybody so far is really excited, because we’re open longer hours than [the] post office,” she said. “They’ll have a wider variety of time to come buy stamps or other items.”

Roland Moore, the U.S.P.S. Village Post Office Coordinator, said customers will not be able to do everything they might normally do at a regular post office.

"They can't offer insurance or delivery confirmation,” Moore noted. “Customers can't come here and expect to have them weigh up a package. They won’t have scales. They won’t be handling any first-class mail."

Star Country Market and Pizza is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The specific postal services will be offered whenever the store is open.

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