Murphy Seed Service Store offers several items at its location at 5005 Cople Highway in Mt. Holly, but three weeks ago it joined the United States Postal Service to offer postal services to the public. In December, the Mt. Holly Post Office avoided closure, but hours of operation were cut as a result of the Post Plan realignment.
Store owner Rebecca Gillison says she is pleased that Murphy Seed has become a “village post office.”
“It doesn’t seem to be too much at least so far,” said Gillison. “The idea of the community post office is to bring in more people to our store [who] stop for postal help.”
As a village post office, the store offers flat rate boxes, stamps and mail service via the mailbox or click-and-ship program.
“As part of our service to rural America, the Postal Service is recruiting businesses in small towns across America to open a Village Post Office,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Freda Sauter. “They are established within communities in rural America. Village Post Offices are operated by small business owners and provide essential postal services including stamp purchases, mail and delivery pickup, P.O. Box rentals and flat rate shipping options.”
Sauter said ideal locations for Village Post Offices include convenience stores, banks, hardware stores, gas stations, libraries, town halls or government centers.
Murphy Store joins 10 other Village Post Offices in the Richmond District.
Sauter said business establishments interested in applying for a contract with the Postal Service to start a Village Post Office in their local community should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The concept of the village post office was developed in 2011.