Panama City -- United States Postal Service officials are announcing the closure of the Panama City Eastside Station in Parker at 5310 E. Highway 98. The last day of operation for the station will be Saturday, May 28.
Retail and P.O. Box services will be available at the Panama City General Mail Facility, at 1336 Sherman Avenue. The move to close the station came about after a 2009 feasibility study that concluded the closure would not harm delivery, and would reduce costs.
Post Office officials say that as more and more people e-mail instead of mailing letters, they’re forced to cut more and more from their own budget. From 2002 through 2007, the Postal Service cut costs about $1 billion each year; in 2008 it cut $2 billion; and over the past two years $9 billion has been trimmed from their bottom line.
Despite these cost-cutting efforts, the Postal Service continues to lose money. The Postal Service is self-sustaining and must earn its entire operations budget through postage sales and other services. Officials say the Postal Service has neither requested nor received any Congressional appropriation for operations since 1984.
Postal Service officials say all affected career employees from the Eastside Station will be reassigned, if possible in the immediate area.
Finally, Postal Service officials say that for those with an internet connection, there is little need to drive to a Post Office. Instead, customers can go to USPS.COM to buy stamps; order free Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging; print shipping labels complete with Postage; and request a free package pickup at their home or business.