Newbury Park CA


The Annexation of the Post Office

July 26, 2012

A new trend is emerging.  The Postal Service is closing post offices in downtown areas and busy shopping centers, and moving retail services to a carrier annex on the outskirts of town. 

The “annexation” process began a long time ago, when the Postal Service started moving carriers from the main post office or a branch out to an annex, leaving only the retail services behind.  Now they’re moving the retail business to the annex, too.

That’s what’s happening in Camas, Washington, where they’re selling an historic New Deal post office in the center of town and relocating services to the annex.  Same thing in Santa Monica, California, Northfield, Minnesota, Ukiah, California, and Norwich, Connecticut.

A few days ago, there was news it was happening in Redmond, Washington (a town famous for biking), and it's the same story in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.  

Today local news is reporting that the post office in Newbury Park, California, will be relocated to the carrier annex as soon as the lease ends next April.

The Newbury Park branch is located in the Stagecoach Plaza.  It’s a typical suburban shopping center, nothing special in terms of history or architecture.  The Postal Service leases the space, so we’re not talking about selling off a significant New Deal post office like those in Camas, Santa Monica, Northfield, Ukiah, and Norwich.

But the Newbury Park post office has been in the Stagecoach Plaza for 44 years, and it’s a busy place, conveniently located for people shopping and dining in the area.  There are 14 stores and restaurants right in the plaza, and on either side are more stores, a couple of big motels, and not too far away, more shopping centers. 

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