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December 10, 2010

TC post office to cut hours

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City's post office will trim its hours shortly after Christmas.

The main branch, located on Union Street, now is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Effective Dec. 27, it will be open from 8:15 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. during the week and will close an hour earlier on Saturday.

Acting Traverse City Postmaster Judy Zimmerman said the changes were made to save money, though she couldn't estimate how much will be saved by the switch.

The Barlow branch, located off Barlow Road in Garfield Township, will maintain the hours the Traverse City branch has now. Lobbies in both branches feature automated kiosks and will remain open 24 hours a day.

The move could impact people who stop into the post office before or after work, but Zimmerman said hour changes have to be approved by higher-ups at the United States Postal Service. She contends postal officials analyze office traffic and won't allow offices to close during peak hours.

"If we're busy, they're not going to let us close," she said.

If locals need the post office between 5:15 and 6 p.m., they still will be able to use the Barlow branch, Zimmerman said.

Laurie Stricker works at a Traverse City law firm. The shorter hours will make it tougher for someone from her firm to get over near the end of the day for mailings and other post office business.

"It's fine now, but if they change it, it would make it a lot more difficult for us," she said.

But it won't be difficult for everyone.

"It doesn't bother me," Traverse City resident Bill Cruse said. "I'm retired."

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