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Post Office to study closing St. Francis office

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By Stephen Lega

The United States Postal Service is considering closing its St. Francis branch and expanding services at its Loretto office, according to a letter from District Manager James Kiser* to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Kiser wrote that the postal service decided to look closer at those offices following inquiries from Kathleen Cook of St. Francis.

According to Kiser's letter, the postal service was planning to reduce the hours that the St. Francis branch was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when its postal route and two routes from the Loretto office are moved to Lebanon on March 26. After looking closer, the postal service learned that the St. Francis branch serves 16 P.O. Box customers and has done as little as $10 per day in sales.

"We have decided to initiate a study on St. Francis to see if closure would be the best option," Kiser wrote.

He added that the study would take seven months and that customers will have an opportunity to provide feedback through a questionnaire and town hall meetings.

Kiser noted the locations of other nearby post offices, including the Loretto office, which is 1.8 miles from the St. Francis branch.

Kiser also wrote that the postal service is considering expanding its services in Loretto. These services could include installing a parcel locker and keeping the P.O. Box lobby open 24 hours Monday through Friday.

* This is a corrected version from the print edition.