Two Village Post Offices opening up in Kansas City - KCTV5

Two Village Post Offices opening up in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The United States Postal Service opened two locations in Kansas City libraries Tuesday.

They're called Village Post Offices. One opened inside the Lucile H. Bluford Library and the other inside the North-East Branch Library.

The goal is to provide people with better, more convenient service. It is a concept the Postal Service came up with in 2011, getting a post office closer to the community.

Village Post Offices offer a range of products and services, including PO Boxes, Forever stamps, pre-paid Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and a mail collection box.

"We've got a lot of brick and mortar. We've got over 32,000 post offices, but we don't always have the reach we need," said Drew Aliperto, vice president of western operations. "So what Village Post Offices do is provide not only addition retail, making it easier access to our customers."

Nationally, Village Post Offices are located inside convenience stores and other local businesses, and in most cases, wait time is cut in half of a normal post office.

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