Newsflash: On Tuesday, U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will release a list of post offices to be studied for closing, as well as announce “a new concept” for possibly replacing P.O.’s that close, according to a news release.
The morning news conference will come less than two weeks after the U.S. Postal Service published the final version of regulations aimed at making it easier to shutter some of its 32,000 post offices. Despite some changes to the draft released in March, the final version preserved a key element allowing the Postal Service to target facilities that suffer from “insufficient customer demand” or where customers have other ways of buying stamps and services.
Since March, Donahoe has floated a couple of numbers on how many facilities he wants to close within the next year or so. The initial figure was around 2,000, but at a May congressional hearing, Donahoe put the figure at around 1,000.