Village Post Office opens in TitusPublished 9:05am Thursday, June 13, 2013
This week Kim’s Korner in Titus added something new to its already varied line of groceries, general merchandise and deli food. On Tuesday, the store became an outpost for the U.S. Postal Service.
During grand opening ceremonies, Kim’s Korner became the fourth Alabama location designated as a Village Post Office.
Bridgett Carroll, marketing manager for the Alabama District of the USPS, said the VPO initiative is intended to expand alternative access for postal customers.
“Customers will be able to purchase Forever stamps and Priority Flat Rate packages,” she explained. “There is also a collection box outside and outgoing mail will be picked up daily.”
Carroll said the Titus Post Office will remain in operation during its posted times.
Carroll said products and services will be available during the store’s regular operating hours, which are significantly longer than those of the post office.
Kim’s Korner is open Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We’re very excited about it,” said Carroll. “It will offer more convenience and flexibility for customers.”
She said the Titus location is one of six Village Post Offices opening in Alabama during the next week. Approximately 20 will open in the state in the coming months.
Carroll said VPO locations are selected through a specific process. Solicitation letters are sent out to different businesses in a target area. The length of time the business has been in operation, location and operating hours are all considered in making a choice.
The U.S. Postal Service announced the concept of the Village Post Office in July 2011 as a way to continue providing convenient access to postal products and services in more rural communities across the nation. The first VPO opened in Malone, Wash., in August 2011.
“The idea is to establish VPOs where customers work, live and shop,” said Carroll. “It’s a way to better serve consumers.”