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.