More than 200 post offices and other USPS facilities are on a list to be part of a consolidation effort beginning later this year. Tewksbury is one of six Massachusetts sites scheduled to be consolidated under a Woburn MPO, or main post office, in February 2023, according to documents published by Government Executive.
The website reports that most impacted facilities will retain retail operations, but sorting and other back-end functions will be relocated and centralized. Here is the complete list of sites; the Massachusetts locations affected are on page 5.
Initial media reports say that these post offices will retain their retail operations, but letter carriers will need to travel to a larger, regional site to pick up their mail for delivery rather than having it sorted and loaded locally.
Word of a possible change to the Tewksbury Post Office came earlier this week from Planning Board member and former USPS employee Vinny Fratalia.
Locations across the country have already been closed to save money. In a May keynote address, postmaster general Louis DeJoy stated that the Postal Service would aggregate many of its facilities: “We will close the multitude of annexes around the nation that add cost, transportation and foster inefficient and ad-hoc operations.”
The Tewksbury Post Office site is owned by USPS. While slimming operations down to just retail would leave a lot of unused space, DeJoy has not announced plans to sell any real estate.
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