Five Points post office could close

Staff writerJuly 27, 2011 

Raleigh's Five Points post office is back on the U.S. Postal Service's endangered list.

A 13-percent decline in revenue over the past four years has the store again under review for possible closure, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.

It joins the Century Post Office on Fayetteville Street downtown as a candidate to close as officials monitor revenue and operating costs for the next 140 days.

The two locations are part of a review of 3,653 retail post offices around the country under way because of declining revenues brought on by more customers handling their mailing needs online, spokeswoman Monica Robbs said.

“Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said.

Many of the retail post offices that close may be replaced by what the service is calling Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.

Raleigh has already seen its number of post office locations shrink. The Crabtree Valley station closed in June. The Fayetteville Street location was already saved from closure once after public outcry in May.

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