USPS offers extended Saturday hours after weather delays - WNCT

USPS offers extended Saturday hours after weather delays

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Several inches of snow and icy roads caused the United States Postal Service in North Carolina to close early this week. It’s a rare weather related closure that caught many people in our state by surprise.

9 On Your Side talked to a spokesperson for our states postal service about the unexpected closure.

" First and foremost the safety was our primary concern. The safety of our employees the safety of everyone driving the mail trucks and trying to make those deliveries, and then those coming into our retail offices,” said USPS communications specialist Monica Coachman.

Coachman says the weather impacted the whole region, causing delays for incoming and outgoing mail throughout the southeast.

Despite the weather delays, Coachman says ironically the USPS already made plans to prepare for Monday’s holiday closure. Part of that plan was to extend Saturday hours at 40 premiere, or high volume, locations throughout the state.

One of those premiere locations is the post office in uptown Greenville. The office on 2nd street was open from 8 a.m. - 3p.m on Saturday.

"It's a good thing, because you don't know how much you appreciate it until you need it, and this morning I needed it,” said Kinston resident, James Eason.

According to USPS the extended hours did not negatively impact the already struggling finances of the service. All the locations chosen to extend hours were money making locations.

"Any decision regarding the opening on Saturdays, because these are the offices that generate the most revenue for us, it’s a good financial, business decision for us. We certainly would not do anything that would incur more debt for us,” said Coachman.
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