SEAGROVE N.C. — Residents in the town famous for handmade pottery packed the town library Thursday night to discuss ways of keeping their post office open.
With more people turning to the internet for communication, the U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion last year alone and many small town post offices may have to pay the price.
“Potters use the post office a lot in mailing packages,” said local business owner Phyllis Lawrence who depends on the post office. “A lot of things we can’t do over the internet or through email so we have to go through the post office.”
Last month more than 6,000 customers in the Seagrove zip code were surveyed on whether to reduce hours at the post office or close the building and continue retail services through mail carriers, a contractor or through neighboring post offices’ in Asheboro, Biscoe and Robbins.
“It’s really the hub of the community, everybody uses it,” said town resident Charlotte Wooten who fears the lack of a post office will hurt the community who is seeing growth. “Some towns are dying but Seagrove is blossoming and I don’t even know why they are considering it.”
Postal officials plan to share the feedback from customers next Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Seagrove Post Office.
Residents say despite the inconvenient time they plan to fill up the post office to hear the results and plan to appeal if the decision includes closing down.