We’ve known for some time that it would come to this.
Well, the local postmaster sent out the following letter today outlining the consolidation of Yankton’s post office operations. Closure of the downtown facility will occur at the end of business hours Jan. 21. On Monday, Jan. 23, the Fox Run Annex will be the sole retail outlet operated by the USPS in Yankton.
I’m perhaps most troubled by the fact that the last collection time for the drop-off boxes in the alley behind the downtown post office will occur at 3 p.m. I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten to mail something until 5 p.m. and used those boxes to get it done at the last minute.
Times are changing, folks.
Here’s the letter:
December 21, 2011
Yankton, SD 57078
Dear Postal Customer,
The Yankton Post Office will be consolidated into one facility located at 506 W 25th St. effective Monday, January 23, 2012. The retail hours of operation will remain the same: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (noon).
All Post Office (PO) Box mail will be available for pick-up by 9:45 a.m. Monday-Saturday at the new location. PO Box customers will have access to their boxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Saturday, January 21, 2012 is the last day mail will be delivered to the PO Boxes at the current downtown location. We will place two new PO Box keys in your downtown PO Box. Take the new keys and leave the old keys in the box. You may begin picking up your PO Box mail at the new location beginning Monday, January 23, using the new keys.
As a courtesy, the downtown Post Office will remain open on Monday, January 23 for any customer unable to retrieve their mail and new PO Box keys on Saturday. Any mail or keys not picked up by 5 PM on Monday at the downtown location will be transferred to the new location. Customers will then need to come to the retail window at the 25th St. location to collect any mail left at the downtown location and receive their new PO Box keys to retrieve mail from their new PO Box.
The collection boxes located in the Alley behind the downtown location will remain. The last collection time will be changed to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The collection boxes located in front of the downtown location will be removed.
Additional retail services are available at the following locations:
Boller Printing 308 Douglas Ave Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sat
Hy-Vee 2100 Broadway Ave Hours of operation: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. M-F
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sat
Last collection at both Contract Postal Units is 3:00 p.m. M-F
Saturday last collection is 3:00 p.m. at Hy-Vee
Saturday last collection is 11:45 a.m. at Boller Printing
We look forward to seeing you at our new retail location and we thank you for your continued support of the Yankton Post Office. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 605-665-2769 or 605-665-0626.
Michael R. Hampton
Postmaster, Yankton SD 57078