The office, at 6300 Carmel Road, could move to 8318 or 8500 Pineville-Matthews Road – a little more than a mile away. The two possible sites are located in small shopping centers on the northern side of Pineville-Matthews.
Postal service officials say the move would allow them to lease less space for retail operations than what they have at the current location. Mail carriers no longer operate out of the Carmel Road office, having been moved to Ballantyne late last year. And with the post office no longer needing all the space it leases off Carmel Road, making a move could be likely.
A small note in the office’s window asks customers to call and give their comments about the possible move until April 9, though a postal service official said she could not provide any information regarding what comments have been received yet. A decision will be made some time after April 9, a Wednesday, and there is no timeline for when the move would take place, if that’s the direction officials decide to go.
“I don’t want to speculate about the status,” said Monica Coachman, with the postal service’s corporate communications office, when asked if the office could stay at Carmel if customers are adamant about stopping the move. “I will say, it makes good fiscal sense to lease a smaller space that will still provide the community with convenient access to a brick-and-mortar post office, but save operating expenses. We’ve had success in most instances.”
Postal service officials have been working to make the service more financially efficient, with service leaders and legislators in Washington, D.C., recently discussing the possibility of cutting back on delivery days to save money. The service owns some 33,000 building facilities, according to its website, which states “it is critical that we make efficient use of our building portfolio.” To that end, some offices are seeing relocations to smaller, less-costly spaces.
Coachman points to one example on par with the possible Carmel Road move, where the Randolph Station Post Office, at 13,000 square feet, was moved to a site between the Wendover shopping center and Marvin Road, at 3,000 square feet, Coachman said.
“The new (Wendover-area) location will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for employees and still allows the postal service to provide the level of service our customers expect,” Coachman said, adding the community response to that move “was positive.”
Coachman said postal service officials will respond to all comments from Carmel Road customers within 15 days.