LOUISVILLE, KY – As a result of a study started in 2009, the U.S. Postal Service has made the decision to close the Buechel Finance Station at 2259 Hikes Lane. It will close on June 24, 2011.

“Given the extraordinary decline in mail volume — a decline of 43.1 billion pieces in the past five years — we must take action to reduce the size of our retail and delivery network,” said Richard Curtsinger, the Louisville Postmaster. “By consolidating, streamlining and adjusting our operations, the Postal Service becomes a more efficient and effective organization.”

Affected postal employees will be reassigned in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements and established repositioning processes.

“Local mail delivery will not be affected by this move. Full retail services will still be available and our customers will continue to receive the same excellent service they always have,” said Curtsinger.

Buechel Finance customers wishing to conduct postal business at a local retail office can continue to do so at the:

  • Cherokee Station, 2240 Taylorsville Road, offers 24-hour Post Office Box access and a full-service window from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • Hikes Point Station, 3050 Hunsinger Lane, offers 24-hour box access and a full-service window from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It also offers passport application services and a 24-hour Automated Postal Center for mailing letters and packages.
  • Main Post Office, 1420 Gardiner Lane, offers 24-hour PO Box service and a full-service window from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It also offers passport application services and a 24-hour Automated Postal Center for mailing letters and packages.

Customers can skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and purchase stamps and shipping labels online using the Postal Service’s website, usps.com. Customers can also request free package pickup at usps.com. The Postal Service will pick up packages during regular mail delivery the next business day – and, unlike other shipping companies, there is no fee for this service. Postage stamps can also be purchased at 1.800.STAMP 24 as well as many local bank ATMs and other retail outlets in the area.

This announcement updates a review process that examined approximately 3,300 stations and branches in urban and suburban areas across the country, focusing on those facilities in relative close proximity to one another to determine where consolidations might be feasible, while maintaining customer access to postal services.

The only provider of delivery service to every home and business address in the country, the Postal Service is committed to providing ready access to reliable, secure, affordable postal products and services. Unlike most federal agencies, America’s national mail system receives no tax subsidy for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

source: USPS

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