The two satellite post offices in Durango that closed last spring will not be replaced, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman
We received a letter from headquarters (in Washington, D.C.) dated Jan. 5 that said there is not enough mail volume or
retail sales to warrant a CPU (contract postal unit) in Durango," Alex Turner, the service's consumer affairs manger
for Colorado and Wyoming, said in a telephone interview. Neither current or projected volumes support the need."
Turner said the Postal Service has no hard and fast guidelines to gauge mail volume or retail sales.
The communications from Washington said the Main Post Office on east Eighth Street meets customer needs, Turner
A Postal Service call in April for bids to open a satellite office in Durango received no expression of interest,Turner said. The two offices closed April 18.
As of Monday, Pat Dillon, the property manager of the building at 3465 Main Ave., which housed one of the satellite
post offices for 25 years, was renovating the 800-square-foot building. Dillon was under the impression someone could
step forward to reopen a post office.
Tony Martinez, who operated three contract" postal stations in Grand Junction as well as the two in Durango, said in
February the financial arrangement under the Postal Service's new computerized system was cost-prohibitive. Under the
agency's Computer Access Retail system, contractors would earn a percentage of sales instead of operating under a
It's a real inconvenience for the public," Dillon said of the loss of the satellite offices. It saved a lot of people
from going downtown to the main post office."
As soon as she learned of the impending closure of the satellite offices early last year, Nancy Cumming, who used the
Durango Mall post office, started a petition drive asking that the two locales be kept open until replacements were in
place. U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, joined the effort.
Dillon said Monday that the preference of the property owner for a post office in the space discouraged other
businesses from going forward. But he was at the point, Dillon said, that it made business sense to look for other
There is simply no incentive to wait in an already-bad market," Dillon said.
In February, Joan Harriger, then the Postal Service's consumer affairs manager for Colorado and Wyoming, said the
switch to the new system was ordered from Washington. She said the move was driven by economics. The Postal Service was
expected to lose $7 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.