The United States Postal Service (USPS) released a list on Tuesday afternoon of around 3,700 post office locations across the United States that are currently under review for possible closure. Of those locations, two are in Elk County: Benezette and Dagus Mines.
In a release issued Tuesday by the USPS on its website, the organization discussed the reasoning behind its review of the offices.
“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drugstores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”
Even though the offices are under review, that does not mean that they will definitely be closed or that any action will be taken. However, the USPS has introduced a replacement option termed a ‘Village Post Office,’ which could be implemented in some communities. The release explains that “Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.”
When contacted by The Daily Press, representatives from both the Benezette and Dagus Mines post offices indicated that they were not permitted to comment on the matter at this time.