That's the word from the Alabama district of the U.S. Postal Service, reversing a notice it gave last week stating June 28 was going to be its last day of operation. According to blue letters attached to the post office's front doors, citing decreased revenue and the remote location, employees would not be available after the weekend.
But by Monday morning, all letters had been replaced with a two-sentence notice announcing the post office will stay open for the time being.
“The Fort McClellan Branch of the Anniston Post Office will remain open until further notice,” Post Office Operations Manager William Davis said in a statement. “In the meantime, we are revisiting the personnel issues for this office.”
No one's happier about the new development than residents who have come to depend on the plain little block building located near the old Fort McClellan PX.
“I didn’t want to have to move my mail to Anniston,” Brenda Bowers said.
Though she moved to Jacksonville from McClellan five years ago, Bowers has continued to use the McClellan office.
“There are a lot of people here and a lot of people that feel the same way. It’s a hassle having to transfer everything. This is just a blessing right now,” she said, thumbing through her mail.
Bill Shumate said he’s been getting his mail from McClellan since the U.S. Army posted him there 40 years ago. Since hearing about the planned closure two weeks ago, Shumate said he has called the office several times, checking for any development in keeping it open.
“I hate seeing anything close around here. I hated seeing the whole base close. This post office is important to the people who live here,” he said, pointing back in the direction he walked from, toward the housing development across the way. “Each new addition they bring here or keep here cleans it back up a little more each time.”
Meanwhile, Debra Fetterly, spokeswoman for the Postal Service’s Alabama district, said she will do her best to keep the office and the area informed of the final decision.
“Right now the only information I have is that they’re trying to locate someone who could be able to keep it open,” she said. “For the time being the facility will be open. If possible, it could even stay open, but we’re just not sure yet.”
Staff writer Debra Flax: 256-235-3547. On Twitter @DFlax_Star.