Post Office Looking to Close Offices to Save Money

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay

July 26, 2011 Updated Jul 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM EDT

NE INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Nearly 100 post offices in the Hoosier state are under review for possible closure.

At this time there are no post offices in Fort Wayne being looked at but the office in Bippus in Huntington County and Poneto in Wells County are up for review.

At this time no decisions have been made.

WASHINGTON, (Indiana's NewsCenter)--- The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing more than one in 10 of its retail outlets.

The financially troubled agency announcing Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing.

Currently the post office operates more than 31,000 retail outlets across the country, down from 38,000 a decade ago, but in recent years business has declined sharply as first-class mail moved to the Internet. In addition the recession resulted in a decline in advertising mail, and the agency lost $8 billion last year.

Most of the offices that face review are in rural areas, but postal officials say they are looking into alternative service, such as locating offices in local businesses, town halls or community centers.

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