Carrier changes won’t close Archdale post office
A change in how one local U.S. Post Office operates is coming this weekend, but shouldn’t affect service to postal customers, officials said.
Letter carriers who currently work out of the postal facility at 10193 N Main St. in Archdale will relocate to the main post office in High Point on East Green Drive.
The retail counter at the Archdale facility will continue to be staffed the same hours to transact business for customers. In addition, the service at the post office boxes at the site will continue as it is now, according to postal service spokesman Carl Walton.
“As far as customers are concerned, nothing will change. It’s not closing,” Walton said. “Delivery times won’t change. They’ll still get to their delivery points the same time they did.”
No jobs are being cut from the Archdale location.
The Postal Service has struggled as mail volume has declined nationwide, as it reportedly loses $25 million a day. Some facilities have cut back hours and others have consolidated mail processing centers, as is being done with the Archdale site.
Walton said there is ample space at the High Point location and that consolidating Archdale’s letter carriers there will save on expenses.
“It’s one of a number of initiatives the Postal Service is doing nationwide, just trying to find ways to cut costs and maximize efficiencies,” he said.
Beverly Nelson, president of the Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is working to prevent the closure of the Archdale location. It’s one of only two post offices in the Archdale/Trinity area.
“It is heavily used. There are certain times a day it is impossible to find a parking place there,” said Nelson. “I’m not going to speak for them and what they may or may not do, but I do think they are looking at that building and how much it is costing them.”
Nelson said the chamber has been in contact with district postal leadership, as well as state and federal elected officials about the situation.
“We’re monitoring things to make sure that whatever they do keeps a presence here in Archdale,” she said.