Metro Post Offices on List of Possible Closings
OKLAHOMA CITY -- From a grand opening to possible closings the U.S. Postal Service is cutting back and your local post office could be on the list.
There are four stations in Oklahoma City under review:
3621 NW 16th Street
1117 NW 24th Street
5701 NW 4th Street
5701 S. Agnew
The Farley office on NW 16th said the carriers will possibly be relocated but the walk-in customer service will stay open. It's part of the U.S. Postal Service's plan to save billions.
"The U.S. Postal Service is in a financial crisis at present," USPS spokesperson Dave Lewin said.
The government agency anticipates a $12 billion shortfall. Now, the USPS is looking to cut back.
The regional spokesperson says four post offices in Oklahoma City, three northwest offices and one south, are under review for closure or consolidation.
"We're looking primarily at the proximity of one post office to another to see if we can do the same level of service for everyone in the city, but do it in a different fashion," Lewin said.
But customers who use the NW 24th location are surprised and wonder why it's on the possible closure list.
"They stay busy so I know demand for this one is definitely needed," Latasha Cruikshank said.
But the USPS has seen a drop in delivery as more people turn to the Internet instead of the mailbox.
"I do my bills with my card," Kim Shelton said. "I come here for one thing only, maybe, one money order or something like that."
Still others come by everyday to pick up their mail, something you can't always do over the Internet.
"My post office box is here so I would have to find another place and this is so close," Katy Rains said. "Yeah, it will be a problem for me."
And two post offices in Tulsa may close. The closures and consolidation reportedly will not impact any jobs within the postal service.