Seagrove fights to keep post office

SEAGROVE, N.C. — Residents in the town famous for handmade pottery are working to keep their post office open. The postal service lost $5 billion last year and many small town post offices across the country may have to pay the price.

“The post office is sort of like the heart and soul of the town,” said Seagrove resident Greg Black. “It’s real convenient and I would hate to see it shut down.”

Postal officials first contacted customers last month asking for opinions on the future of the Seagrove post office. The postal service is looking at several options including reducing retail hours or closing the office down.

If the post office closed, officials are looking at continuing retail services through mail carriers, a contractor or through neighboring post offices in Asheboro, Biscoe and Robbins.

“If you lose the post office, what identity do you have?” asked local businessman Tommy Rose.

Rose has been receiving his mail at the Seagrove Post Office for 20 years and says it’s a busy place for potters to ship out their creations. “[The potters] ship here every day. They are in here bringing boxes in and shipping all over the world.”

A community meeting for those wanting the keep the post office open is planned for Thursday evening, at 7 p.m., at the Seagrove Public Library. Postal officials plan to share the feedback from customers next Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Seagrove Post Office.

 

6 comments

  • its my business

    I have just started a Facebook site for local people and artisans across the sate of North Carolina to show their wares and ship them from Seagrove, NC or Anywhere, NC to the Nation. Withinin a week the page had already gathered near 500 members with no advertising.
    Show and Sell in NC. https://www.facebook.com/groups/782570768453498/
    Shipping is a very important part of a potter’s lifestyle. It’s just one of the last parts of the process that has to be done. Please do not close Post Oficce there.

  • Stardust

    As an American I have lost all faith in the Congress and White House, and they are losing a lot of money every year, maybe we should shut them down.

  • Bo Diddley

    Seagrove is truly a dump. They make bad pottery and most folks leave as soon as they can. I say shut it and the town down.

    • Nikole

      Yeah the pottery is so horrible that it’s made the town known nationwide for its great craftsmanship. Please educate yourself, you’re giving the rest of us a bad name for being dumb.

  • Mark Stabler

    This is the problem with cutting the cost of government. No one wants their part of the pie messed with. Winston Salem wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a trolley. Why? Because 95% of the cost will be paid by the Federal Government and State Government. Don’t worry about paying for it’s operation for years, it’s “free” money. If we don’t get it, someone else will. If there is so much pottery being shipped from the post office in Seagrove, then the post office their should be making money. I doubt that is the case. People scream about ending Saturday mail delivery. It should have been done years ago. NO. Just oil up the presses and keep printing the money. It can never end, can it???

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