Postal service to shut down division in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The United States Postal Service will be closing its Providence District Office sometime this year.

The Postal Service is losing money, $8.5 billion last year, and says it's time for drastic cost cutting measures. Closing the district office on Corliss Street could save $750 million dollars a year.

Spokeswoman Christine Dugas says it will eliminate 74 managerial and administrative positions, but post office customers will not be affected.

"We have much less volume than we've ever had in the history of the postal service; that drives down revenue," says Dugas. "What they're looking at is making the organization leaner, smarter, faster and more responsive to customer need."

Many of the affected employees will be offered early retirement or to fill vacant positions, and the responsibilities of the Providence District will be shifted to Connecticut Valley. The Corliss Street post office itself will remain open.

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