USPS sends closure notice to Spanish Fort post office, effective in January

Baldwin County

UPDATE (12/09/2020 5:26 PM) — An official notice from USPS indicates the closure of the Spanish Fort Post Office on January 1st, 2020.

The current owner of the office as well as the shopping center, Greg Saad, has hopes of getting this resolved. Unfortunately, he says his hands are tied as he has put in a bid to keep the contract office. But there hasn’t been any follow up from USPS yet.

“I’m told by USPS the office will reopen if it is closed once an owner is selected. It will remain a contract office with no PO Boxes,” says Saad.

Here’s an official full response from Greg Saad:

Good afternoon to all.  I have attached the official notice from USPS regarding the closing of the Spanish Fort Post Office effective January 1, 2021.  May I say on behalf of our team, we thank you for your many years coming to the SF Post Office meeting and greeting one another.  The ladies at the Post Office will serve your postal need best that is possible up through the end of December.  It is my hope the community will work together to achieve a full service USPS office.  I am happy to help when and where possible.  Thanking all and wishing you and your families a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.  Sincerely, Greg Saad.

Greg Saad, Owner

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – The Spanish Fort Post Office is once again in limbo while the bidding continues for a new contract. The longtime owner retired last year and since that time its future has been up in the air. The current owner is submitting paperwork hoping to continue the operations, but the bidding process isn’t over with yet. Either way, big changes are in store.

“I’ve had this box since 1964 and I sure hate to see it close. It’ll be an inconvenience for a lot of people,” said George Johnson. He’s not happy with the current changes.

The post office has not only been a place to send and receive mail for many years, but it’s been a place that’s helped grow the community.

“It’s how I’ve gotten to know people in Spanish Fort since I’ve moved here,” said Emily Mabe.

Bidding for a new owner ended on November 13th, but no owner was selected, according to the United States Postal Service. That means the location is scheduled to close on January 15th unless a new owner is found, or the current owner’s application is approved.

“We have such a relationship with them and that’s huge for me and my business and to be able to get my packages out on time,” added Mabe.

As it stands this location is considered a contract office, meaning it’s not operated or staffed by USPS employees. There are also no plans to open a retail post office in the city. Even if a new owner for the contract location is found, there will be no more post office boxes going forward. That’s based on several reasons, according to the USPS.

“This includes availability of mail delivery, proximity to other postal retail operations, local workload and capacity constraints, and collective bargaining requirements,” we’re told.

Customers will be asked to use the post office boxes in Daphne. They also have the option to receive mail at home.

Customers are already receiving their daily mail from the Daphne location, we’re told.

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