By DANIEL HERATY
DEARBORN – The Teleford Postal Station, 23823 Ford Road, will close for good June 25.
That’s the word from the U.S. Postal Service following a year-long study.
“This is not a relatively new thing,” Postal Service spokesman Edward Moore said. The study by the service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., looked at various criteria, including mail volume and office proximity.
The Fisher Station, 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, also will shut down the same day.
Postal Service District Manager Charles Howe said in a statement April 11 that the goal is to have the service emerge more efficient.
“Given the extraordinary decline in mail volume — a decline of nearly 26 million pieces this past year alone — we must take action to reduce the size of our retail and delivery network,” he said. “By consolidating, streamlining and adjusting our operations, the Postal Service becomes a more efficient and effective organization.”
Moore said the economy was a factor in the loss of mail volume, as was the Internet. He said companies now spend less money on their advertising budgets and are looking to cut costs. People can use the Postal Service Website to print postage and arrange to have their packages picked up for free, Moore said.
“We all are using technology to do business,” he said. “Advances will not stand still for the post office. Instead of fighting technology, we are looking at ways to embrace it.”
Howe said regular mail delivery will not be affected, and that retail offices still will be available for customers. Jobs also will not be lost, as the workers will be relocated to other branches.
“Full retail services will be available in neighboring offices, and our customers will continue to receive the same excellent services they always have,” he said.
Officials said residents still can use the Dearborn Heights Post Office, 26200 Ford Road.
For more information about online mail services or other post office locations go to www.usps.com.