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Post offices could face some closings

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The post office at 950 Main Street in Lake Charles could soon close.

"I don't think they need to close it. I come here everyday," said Julia Gibson.

"I do hope they keep this post office open because we need this post office," said Carolyn Frelow.

"I wish this one wouldn't close because we need it very desperately out here," said Claudia Corbins.

But it could close because business is way down for the postal service.  You can blame it on a combination of the economic downturn and more people using e-mail and paying bills on-line.

"The postal service serves every resident and business customer. When other companies begin to close down size, it impacts the overall volume and revenue for the postal service," said McKinney Boyd.

As a result, the postal service could close ten percent of branches including Main Street.  Many factors will play a role in the final decision.

"It will be the proximity of one office to the other, we will look at the amount of traffic, people who come to the office, and also the amount of revenue one office makes over another," said Boyd.

Some of the residents use this post office on a daily basis. If it were to close, they said it would affect them completely.

"I don't want to have to go downtown because it's too busy," said Gibson.

"It's an inconvenience because my business is so close to the area. If I needed something mailed or had to come in, I wouldn't be able to," said Frelow.

The postal service's goal is to cut 5.9 billion in costs.  We'll know which branches will close after the review and that should take one hundred and ninety days.

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