Daily Reflector: A U.S. Post Office located in the South Park Shopping Center on Red Banks Road in Greenville, N.C., is closing on June 28. The post office, which is a contract postal unit (CPU), meaning it is privately owned, posted a sign on its door stating that it was closing “due to inadequate compensation from the USPS.” “As of June 28, 206, this location — South Park CPU — will close permanently,” the sign states. ”We are sorry you will lose the convenience of this location for your postal needs.”
Eric Jarman, who has the contract to run the office, said it was a financial decision to close. A CPU is a supplier-owned or leased site operated by someone under contract with the postal service to provide postal products and services to the public at U.S. Postal Service prices. CPUs are not allowed to add surcharges to postal products or services. The South Park location provides the standard postal services and has post office boxes for lease.
“From a financial standpoint, we had no choice but to close it,” Jarman said. The U.S. Postal Service paid the contract office a percentage of its sales, but it changed its rate of compensation, Jarman said. After the change, the South Park office was losing money every month, he said. Jarman said the percentage was minute, and he asked for more, but the postal service declined. Read more.