updated: 11/19/2012 5:55:40 AM

Postal Service Opens in Another Small Town

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Fayette County is the site of the U.S. Postal Service's newest Village Post Office. The 14th VPO in the service's Greater Indiana District opens today at the Mini Mart in Glenwood.

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November 19, 2012

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Glenwood is a small town in Fayette County nestled among apple orchards and farmland. It also is the location of the 75th Village Post Office (VPO) in the nation to be opened by the U.S. Postal Service.

On Monday, November 19, 2012, the 14th VPO in the Greater Indiana District opens in the Glenwood Mini Mart, Glenwood, IN 46133.

Jo Temple, who has managed the Mini Mart since it opened 22 years ago, sees the partnership with the Postal Service as a good thing for the Glenwood community and for her store. “Our store is located at the crossroads between Connersville and Rushville, so we’re easily accessible — we serve the farming community and also commuters as they go to and from work each day,” she said.

“As we’re open outside Post Office hours, it’s very convenient to come in to our store and buy stamps and get postal packaging while buying milk and bread. I hope to see a definite increase in foot traffic as a result of having the VPO located here.”

The Glenwood Mini Mart is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The new postal center will be officially opened by Manager of Post Office Operations Carmen Jennings and several USPS executives and local officials will be present at the event. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. and an open house will follow from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Last year, the Postal Service introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities.

VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service, and offer a range of popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.

The Greater Indiana District has opened more VPOs in rural communities than any other postal district in the country. Another VPO is slated to open in Corunna on Nov. 27.

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The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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