in the state
may be spared closure
is the only state not on the U.S. Postal Service's hit list.
The quasipublic agency on July 27
posted a list of about 3,700 small post offices in 49 states and
the District of Columbia, mostly in rural communities, that are
potential candidates for closure.
Agency spokesman Ray Daiutolo Sr.
said no office in Delaware met the criteria for inclusion on the
ostal Service officials
emphasized that this is not the final word and that a decision
is at least several months away. The agency will first hold
public meetings, send out surveys and ask for written comments.
Communities that do lose their
post offices would not lose their ZIP codes. Some neighborhoods
could gain a post office-like alternative that would offer the
most popular services, the Postal Service's announcement said.
The Postal agency is working with
businesses to launch 'village post fffices' in grocery stores
and other retail locations, carved-out spots where customers
could buy stamps, mail flat-rate packages and possibly rent post
office boxes. The businesses would staff the centers themselves
— potentially around the clock in retail outlets that never
close — and take a share of the revenue.