Officials from the United States Postal Service announced on Tuesday that they are considering closing thousands of local post offices across the nation, including several from the Cherokee County area, in order to better suit the needs of customers.
There are 3,653 post offices nationwide being analyzed with the possibility of being closed in the near future. Of the 3,653 offices, 178 are from Iowa, and five are from Cherokee County, along with the Calumet Post Office in O'Brien County. The five Cherokee County offices include the following: Cleghorn, Larrabee, Meriden, Quimby, and Washta.
Due to the fact that more and more people are choosing to conduct postal business by technological means (online or via smart phone), the U.S. Postal Service does not believe it needs to maintain all of its nearly 32,000 offices.
The U.S. Postal Service created the list of possible closures as a study to determine customer needs in each office. By the end of this study, the U.S. Postal Service will be slimmed down to a size that is more appropriate according to current needs of customers.
Also as a part of the study, the U.S. Postal Service is introducing a retail-replacement option for affected communities. This retail-replacement option is called Village Post Offices. Local businesses (pharmacies, grocery stores, and more) would operate Village Post Offices and offer popular postal products and services, such as stamps and flat-rate packaging, to area customers.
Employees of surrounding post offices could not comment on any information at this time.