The United States Postal Service will open an office this week in a non-traditional location. A Village Post Office will be housed inside Hasenour Motor Co., a Dubois County car dealership. The dealership owner believes the partnership will increase foot traffic.
June 23, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — Perched on a hilltop, the scenic town of Saint Anthony in Dubois County was originally known as Saint Joseph when it was laid out in 1860. However, because a Post Office of that name already existed at that time, it was renamed Saint Anthony and the town was successful in securing a Post Office. John Reuber, owner of the land that is now the town of Saint Anthony, deeded it to the trustees of the Catholic Church, and following the name change, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church was built in 1885.
One of Saint Anthony’s well-established businesses is Hasenour Motor Co., which opened its doors in 1989. A car dealership business has been at that location since 1922.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, history will be made when the first Village Post Office (VPO) to be located in an auto dealership and the 67th VPO in the Greater Indiana District officially opens.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hasenour Motor Co., 3991 E. State Road 64, Saint Anthony, IN 47575 will take place at 11 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and an open house will follow from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
John Welp, owner of Hasenour Motor is delighted to partner with the Postal Service in setting up a VPO at his business. “I see it as a good way to help the community, and hopefully bring in more people into our dealership,” he said.
Hasenour Motor Co. is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We’re offering the convenience of being able to come into the dealership when the Post Office has closed for the day. So, you can buy a car, a book of stamps and drop off your mail — all at the same time,” he said.
The new postal center will be opened by Manager of Post Office Operations Russ Thouvenot. Several USPS and local officials will be present at the event.
In 2011, 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.
Source: United States Postal Service