EG Post Office Building For Sale

A retail store with P.O. boxes and counter service will remain in East Greenwich.

The rumor was floating around East Greenwich for a week or two: the EG Post Office was closing. As with many rumors, there was some truth to it. But the building is not closing ... yet, anyway. On Thursday USPS officials confirmed the East Greenwich Post Office at 5775 Post Road is up for sale. They hastened to add, however, that a retail Post Office would remain in town.

USPS spokeswoman Christine Dumas took pains to say there were no plans to abandon East Greenwich. She said studies were being undertaken of many large post offices where there is more space than needed, East Greenwich being one of them. Pawtucket is another, she said, that's been slated for sale.

“Mail volume is dropping. We don’t need as much space,” Dumas said.

The study of the East Greenwich office indicated that “backroom” operations – sorting of mail and mail carrier pickups – could be moved to with minimal disruption to either community.

But, as Dumas pointed out, “the study just means it’s feasible. It’s not a done deal. If nobody’s interested in the building, it won’t happen.”

Dumas said any buyer would have to be willing to pay the fair market price, since the whole point of the sale would be to make money for the Post Office. The other criteria, she said, was the ability to find a space in East Greenwich for a retail operation that would include P.O. boxes and a counter.

“We have to have a viable offer on the building and we have to provide the same customer service” before a deal could be struck, Dumas said.

Steve Lombardi, head of the EG Chamber of Commerce, said he would be concerned if there was any effort to shut down retail service in town.

“This town has got too much going on,” he said. “If what they do is helpful [to the viabilty of the U.S. Post Office] without hurting the East Greenwich community, I suppose we have to support it.”

Lynn Krim June 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM
The two towns should have been combined in the first place. It never made good sense to have 2 large POs so close. Now if we are really serious about this sort of thing, how about looking at the number of school district in this state?
EGresident June 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I agree with this decision. I'm not sure if anyone else has had the same experince as me but long lines and clerks complaining about how much they hate their jobs and supervisor ws the norm. Hopefully the peope who do their jobs will be taken care of.
DownTheHiller June 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Downsizing man. Get used to it.
PM JONES June 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
This is the third time in 25 years that the PO has relocated in town. The original location (most recently the Post Cafe) was a delightful foray into an historical operation, complete with period architecture and single teller counter windows made from beautiful hardwood. What's said in this article seem to indicate that it was a mistake to leave the beautiful location at Division and Main.
PM JONES June 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
PS - How long ago did the PO move to Post Road next to Felicia's? Was it only 5 or 6 years ago? In any event, that recent expansion seems to have been very shortsighted and financially irresponsible.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 06:53 PM
PM JONES, good points all. The old Main St. Post Office sounds like it would be a perfect spot for p.o. boxes and a counter ... everything old is new again! As for when the Post Road Post Office (!) opened up, that's a good question. I'm thinking more like 10 years ago, but I'll find out.
Mutato June 24, 2012 at 02:49 AM
“Mail volume is dropping. We don’t need as much space,” Dumas said. What a joke. They could have on First Ave!
Class of 98 June 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
What about moving the Main Street fire station here? Its only about a mile down from where they orginally wanted to move to. In turn, the post office could use the space where the abanded Suncco station is for their retail presence. 2 birds 1 stone.
Karen June 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
the move was made in June, 2005
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Thanks, Karen!
Carl I. Hoyer July 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Great idea re:fire station but don't know if it would fit the criteria re: response time and distance. I think USPS paid $1M for the land at the present location. Then there was the building cost. The price tag is apt to be high. As for the abandoned sunoco property, the last I heard was that the price was $1,500,000. I got kicked off the Town Council in 2000 (I voted for a segregated smoking ordnance in restaurants and the restauranteurs vowed to get those who so voted) and I recall talking to USPS officials prior to that event, so I suspicion they moved into the present location prior to 2005 . It really matters little. The whole system is kaput. Five billion dollar loss recently. And, junk mail continues to get almost a free ride. I think our priorities are misplaced.
EG Taxpayer July 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
What is wrong with this town? How much more are the taypayers expected to carry? Nothing would do, but a short time ago, the post office needed a bigger building and now, it's too big? Crazy. With a $5,000.00 tax increase in the last five years for our home, enough is enough. Funny, the police department received a new facility, which they probably did need, but now, the fire department wants equal dibs. Their facility has worked for many years. Hold on, it will continue to function for many more years to come. Perhaps you do need a new building but remember, the enonomy is hardly the best at this time and to take on more financial burden is unfair to the taxpayers. How about the town living within their means? The answer is not to keep raising the taxes. Mr. Hoyer's comment made on another article concerning to go elsewhere is rude and hardly an option. Why should we sell our homes at less than we paid for them when the town of EG just needs to get their act together? We as taxpayers can do no more. And Mr. Hoyer, if you would like to give up your senior discount on your taxes, perhaps that would put a small dent in the tax situation. Just saying...


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