15 Philly Post Offices May Close
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service may close as many as 15 Philadelphia post offices and branches - one in four facilities in the city.
The Postal Service is struggling with an expected $7 billion deficit and a steep drop in the volume of mail due to e-mail and online bill payment.
Paul Smith, spokesman for the service's six-state eastern area, says the Philadelphia facilities were on a national list of 677 "candidates for closing.'' He says that list was "pared down'' from 3,243 facilities more than a month ago. A four-month management study will determine if all 15 will be closed or consolidated.
Eight other Pennsylvania cities are also targeted: Norristown, York, Reading, Harrisburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Erie and Pittsburgh.