Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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July 14, 2014

EC post office part of new service line — There is no doubt that the United States Postal Service is under constant strain to adapt in a world that spends an increasing amount of time communicating on the Internet.

However, because there will always remain a demand for at least package delivery, they are still finding a way to expand their limited resources. One such example is a new service called Village Post Office, which Elmore City Postmaster Rebecca Howard was pleased to welcome to a local Garvin County business Wednesday morning.

“This is something brand new to the postal service,” said Howard. “It’s only the second one in the state.”

Hosted at the Speedy G’s convenience store, located west of Elmore off of state Highway 29, it will basically offer the chance for customers to drop off pre-labeled packages, buy stamps and even get supplies from boxes to tape for priority mail, according to Howard.

This isn’t so much another post office location as they won’t be able to handle regular mail, but the drop off will be useable any time the convenience store is open. Howard pointed out how it will be checked every day by the postal service for pickup. It will also help those who might not be able to get to the local post office during normal hours like Elmore’s, which closes at 4:30 p.m.

It will be even better for those who live near Foster as their post office is only open 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day.

“I think it’s very good for our customers, good for our carriers, good for Elmore City,” said Howard. “There’s a lot of people who work in this area who can benefit from this.”

Another location also opened in Velma at the Speedy G’s there and the plan is to eventually go nationwide with the expansion in services.

“It’s another avenue to sell our product,” said Howard. “They print labels online, order a product online and we can take any kind of pre-paid label or something sent from the postal service.”

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