Patrons of the in Clawson can breathe a sigh of relief: The location is not among those the agency announced Tuesday it is considering for closure.
However, retail offices in Ferndale and Detroit are among the approximately 3,700 locations that are being evaluated by the U.S. Postal Service.
"As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smartphones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes," the U.S. Postal Service said in a press release Tuesday.
However, Clawson residents say the city's post office is valuable to the community and some expressed that on the Clawson Patch Facebook Page when we posed the question: When is the last time you visited the Clawson Post Office? Here are some of the responses from readers.
- Staci Danks Barkkari: just yesterday
- Julie Sherwood: A couple of months ago for stamps. I use the mail boxes there every month.
- Erin Seebaldt Olson: My husband was there on Saturday
- Cindi Averill: Every week! know a lot of ppl who uses ours over Troy's too!
The Postal Service is considering shutting some offices and shifting to a Village Post Office model that would integrate some services and products, such as stamps and flat-rate packaging, into places such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other retailers.
“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 usps.com, open 24/7,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said. “Our customers' habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”
The post office in Clawson is located at 345 N. Main St.