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USPS to Study Calder Way Post Office for Possible Closure

on July 26, 2011 9:52 PM

A downtown State College post office will be studied for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service, the federal agency reported Tuesday.

The post office -- a satellite operation at 202 E. Calder Way -- is among roughly 3,700 retail post offices nationwide that may be closed in the next year or so, according to USPS and media reports.

In a written statement, the USPS indicated that the affected post offices are being reviewed "to determine customer needs." The USPS operates nearly 32,000 retail post offices in all.

It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday night why the Calder Way post office is among those being studied. Nor was it clear whether any local jobs could be lost. A message left for a USPS media representative was not immediately returned.

No other State College-area post offices appear to be on the possible-closure list.

The USPS operates its main post office for the Centre Region on the 200 block of South Fraser Street, also in downtown State College. Additional offices in the area includes those on the University Park campus and in Lemont, Boalsburg and Pine Grove Mills.

In its written statement, the USPS indicated that the need to maintain its entire retail-office network is diminishing as more people "conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations."

"Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office-supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and, open 24/7," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a prepared statement. "Our customers' habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their business."

The full text of the USPS news release is posted on this page. ABC News has a related report on its website.

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