Two threatened post office branches to stay open

WICHITA | Two Wichita Post Office branches that faced the possibility of being closed in the coming year will remain open, Postmaster Mark Talbott announced today.

The decision came after consolidation studies that considered such factors as cost savings, service standards, and the impact on customers and employees.

“We took a look at the data gathered during the feasibility study and determined the consolidations will not be pursued at this time,” Talbott said in a news release.

The Wichita Postal Service had been considering closing the North Station at 2325 N. Arkansas and the Chisholm Station at 2510 S. Elizabeth.

Services for both stations would have been moved to the Downtown Station at 330 W. Second St.

The decision to keep the stations open doesn’t preclude the possibility of future consolidation studies, Talbott said.

“We will continue to provide the dependable service our customers need,” he said in the news release.

“We also will keep a balance with our critical focus on reducing costs so that service is not diminished.”

The two Wichita locations were on a list of nearly 700 branches nationwide that faced the possibility of being closed as a cost-saving measure.

The Postal Service may register a loss of nearly $7 billion this fiscal year in spite of a 2-cent increase in the price of stamps in May, cuts in staff and removal of collection boxes.