The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that it will begin looking at 3,700 of its 32,000 retail locations to determine which need to be eliminated or consolidated with other locations.
Northeast Ohio has already seen some closures and expects more.
The United States Postal Service closed the Huntington Finance branch at 929 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland Dec. 24, 2010; the Shore Finance branch at 22751 Shore Center Drive in Euclid on Feb. 19; and the Brook Park branch on Snow Road on May 20.
The Independence branch on Brecksville Road in Independence and the Airport Finance Office were once considered for closure but were removed from the list.
Some offices in Akron and Canton are still being looked at for closure. The list released Tuesday has 3,653 facilities named:
- Some 3,061 post offices with less than $27,500 in annual revenue, or 2 hours of workload daily
- 385 post offices with less than $600,000 in annual revenue, and 5 or more postal service locations, such as stamp kiosks, within two miles
- 188 post offices with less than $1 million in annual revenue, and 5 or more postal service locations within 0.5 mile.
- 19 offices currently suspended.
Local post office locations under review include:
Cranwood in Warrensville Heights (44128)
Kenmore in Akron (44314)
South Arlington in Akron (44306)
NE Waterworks in Canton (44705)
For the complete list, click on USPS Ohio list
For a state-by-state listing, click on USPS list nationwide
To fill the gap, more than 2,500 so-called "village post offices" may be created in grocery and convenience stores in the next year, with the first round to be announced this fall.
As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation.
"Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
"Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business."
With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers - Approved Postal Providers - selling postage stamps and providing expanded access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.