Spanish Fort post office closing Friday despite efforts to keep it open

Baldwin County

UPDATE (11:28 AM) — Congressman Jerry Carl shares the same disappointment as Mayor McMillan.

He released the following statement:

I am very disappointed with the USPS for closing the Spanish Fort Post Office. One of the first actions I took after being sworn into Congress earlier this month was seeking out a solution to keep the 700 P.O. boxes in Spanish Fort, but the USPS was unable to take proper action. This is unacceptable. Spanish Fort is one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities, and the elimination of these P.O. boxes is a significant inconvenience for the city’s residents and hampers business growth. I remain committed to doing all I can to find a viable solution to this issue.

Congressman Jerry Carl

UPDATE (01/15/21 11:10 AM) — Spanish Fort Mayor Michael M. McMillan released a press release expressing his disappointment in the closing of the city’s post office.

However, Mayor McMillan is “cautiously optimistic” a solution will be found in the coming weeks. They plan to hold another meeting soon to discuss the future. 

Access the full release below:

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — The City of Spanish Fort will lose its longtime post office later this week after officials have been fighting to keep it for months.

The post office is considered a contract location, meaning it is not operated or staffed by USPS workers. In 2019, the longtime postmaster retired which left the location in jeopardy of closing. A local businessman, Gregory Saad, has been running the post office since that time. He also owns the shopping center where the contract office is located.

USPS officials blame the upcoming closure on ownership, citing no bid has been accepted as of yet to keep the office open.

City leaders hoped to fight the closure, sending a petition and appeal to the United States Postal Service last month. However, USPS officials tell WKRG News 5 the location will close this Friday, January 15th.

Mayor Mike McMillan, along with other city leaders, are pushing to have a post office return to Spanish Fort soon. We’ll continue to follow this story.

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