Village Post Office opens in Kansas
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 08, 2013 | 2084 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shirley Dobbins, third from right, stands with representatives of the United States Postal Service at the opening of the Village Post Office in Kansas on Friday. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
Shirley Dobbins, third from right, stands with representatives of the United States Postal Service at the opening of the Village Post Office in Kansas on Friday. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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KANSAS — The third Village Post Office in Alabama opened Friday at Dobbins Oil Company Inc. in Kansas.

Owner Shirley Dobbins agreed to partner with the United States Postal Service after the hours at her local post office were cut back to two hours per day.

According to the USPS website, communities without a post office or one that has reduced hours are prime locations for establishing a Village Post Office.

The concept was introduced in 2011 as a way to continue providing access to postal products and services in rural areas.

Village Post Offices are located inside businesses and other places frequented by USPS consumers and are intended to offer time-saving convenience, and in most cases, longer hours than regular post offices.

Examples of products and services provided are PO Boxes, Forever stamps, Pre-paid Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and a mail collection box.

USPS marketing manager Bridgett Carroll, who attended Friday’s grand opening, said approximately 16 more Village Post Offices are expected to be established in the Alabama district.