July 26, 2011

U.S. Postal Service might close 222 branches in Texas, including 3 in Fort Worth and 1 in Arlington

The post offices are among 3,700 that could close nationwide because of shifting demand and falling revenue.

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The U.S. Postal Service released a list this morning of about 3,700 offices it may close nationwide including 222 in Texas.

Three branches in Fort Worth and one in Arlington are among those the Postal Service may shutter due to shifting demand and falling revenue.

The local branches on the list include the Central Fort Worth branch in the Federal Building in downtown Fort Worth, the Polytechnic office on Rosedale and the Stockyards office on Ellis Avenue. The East Arlington Branch on East Park Row Drive also made the list.

"The Stockyards Post Office is a popular institution (on) the North Side," said Fort Worth City Councilman Sal Espino, whose district includes the post office. "Like many citizens and residents in North Fort Worth, I am deeply concerned about the potential for closure of this post office.”

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement: "Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and, open 24/7. Our customers' habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business."

The Postal Service said some offices may be replaced by a "Village Post Office" run out of a local business.

"Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging," the Postal Service wrote on its website.

The full list of post offices that may be closed is here.

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