The U.S. Postal Service is eyeing some 3,700 post offices for possible closure as a way to cut its financial losses as mail volume declines.
And the locations under consideration aren’t just dinky offices in one-stoplight towns. They include post offices in virtually every major city in the United States: from the post office in New York’s Port Authority to the one in the Hollywood Pavilion in Los Angeles – from Commerce station in downtown Minneapolis to its location in the Civic Center in Houston.
To find out which locations might be closed near you, click here for a complete listing by state.
Some states could be hit harder than others. Big states like California, New York, and Ohio have a little over 100 locations on the Postal Service’s “study list” for possible closure. But Pennsylvania – with 203 locations on the list – could be especially hard hit. Texas has the most locations under threat: 222.
But for many, the downsizing is overdue. The Postal Service has already pared its retail outlets from 38,000 to under 32,000 in the last decade. It lost $8 billion last year.
“I’m all for having a successful business,” says a postal worker in Minneapolis, who supports the cuts but declined to give his full name because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the press. The cuts should have been implemented a year or more ago, he adds, but “it’s hard to get anything done. By the time something gets done, it’s way longer than it takes in the private sector.”