The United States Postal Service is marking a milestone today with the opening of the Greater Indiana District's 50th Village Post Office. Spokeswoman Mary Dando says the West Lafayette location is another sign that smaller communities are ideal for the relatively new concept, because many small traditional post offices have closed. She says Indiana is “without a doubt” ahead of the pack in the village post office trend.

Dando tells Inside INdiana Business the sites allow the postal service to expand its footprint without significant cost and increase foot traffic in their host businesses.

August 19, 2013

News Release

WHAT: The 50th Village Post Office (VPO) in the Greater Indiana District will open at the Follett Purdue Bookstore in West Lafayette. A passport fair will follow from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO: Bernice Grant, U.S. Postal Service

Greater Indiana District Manager

Jeff Mitchell, U.S. Postal Service

Greater Indiana District Senior Plant Manager

Jeff Leffler, U.S. Postal Service

Manager of Post Office Operations

Larry Chandler, U.S. Postal Service

Postmaster, Lafayette

The Honorable John Dennis

Mayor, West Lafayette

The Honorable Randy Truitt

Indiana State Assembly Representative

Kyle Pendergast

Purdue University Student President

WHEN: August 20, 2013

11 a.m. (open house to follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Follett Purdue Bookstore

1400 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47906.

DETAILS: Since the Postal Service introduced the VPO model in 2011, the Greater Indiana District has been most successful in partnering with businesses and setting up VPOs. To date, about 330 VPOs have been opened nationwide by the Postal Service. USPS introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services. 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.

Source: United States Postal Service

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