When Dillons quit offering metered mail services – that ended at 42 stores across the state last fall and stopped at another 21 early this year – the chain said it would continue to be a drop-off spot for daily mail pick-ups within its stores.
It turns out that’s not what the U.S. Postal Service intended, though.
“It was Dillons decision to no longer operate a contract postal unit,” USPS spokesman Brian Sperry said in an e-mail.
The units provided almost all the services of a typical post office.
“When the Contract Postal Unit closed the mail slot should have been closed as well, as the store was no longer authorized to accept U.S. Mail,” Sperry said. “That has since been corrected.”
Though the slots won’t accept mail anymore, Sperry said there are now USPS collection boxes outside of 11 of the 15 Wichita Dillons stores. All 15 stores now have signs telling customers of the nearest collection boxes and post offices.