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Postal service opens village post office

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

RUSH, Ky. -- Instead of closing another post office, the U.S. Postal Service will open a village post office next week at the Star Country Market and Pizza store at 8088 U.S. 60 East, according to a news release from the postal office in Louisville.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the village post office is planned for 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, according to the release.

"It's a fairly new concept," said David Walton, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Louisville. "We're putting them in communities with no post office or where post office hours are reduced. They operate inside the existing businesses and are open the hours the businesses are open."

"We started this last year," he said. "We're doing it mainly in mom and pop grocery stores."

The village post office will provide a specific range of services that include the sale of first-class postage stamps, offering priority mail products and accepting mail, according to Walton.

Village post offices are designed for non-postal service establishments such as an existing community business, town hall, library or government center. Michelle Evans, owner of Star Country Market & Pizza helped make the village post office in Rush possible, according to the release.

Business establishments interested in applying for a contract with the Postal Service to start a village post office in their local community can send an email to vpo.inquiry@usps.gov.

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