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Decision on St. Louis post offices could come in 2 months

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A top postal official says it may be at least two months before any decisions are made on closing or consolidating 38 post offices in the St. Louis area.

A study is underway to determine how many postal facilities nationwide may be closing.

Danita Aquiningoc is Lead Executive for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Louis.

"It's actually not so much closures as it is consolidation...we're not delivering as much mail...it's economy of scale, we're trying to maximize the space that we have in some of the larger buildings," Aquiningoc said.

Aquiningoc commented after taking part in a ceremony in Jefferson City for a new stamp featuring the Missouri State Flag.

She also said their retail presence will remain in many of the locations being considered for consolidation.

The Postal Service is also considering shortening office hours and ending Saturday mail delivery.