Three West Side postal offices appear on the list of sites slated for closing:
◆ 4222 W. Madison St.
◆ 324 S. Laramie Ave.
◆ 5001 W. Division St.
In all, 13 Chicago area sites are on the U.S. Postal Service’s list.
Postal Service officials will make a final decision on the closings sometime this fall, Chicago district spokesman Mark Reynolds told the Chicago Sun-Times.
No office will close before December.
Nationwide, postal officials are eyeing nearly 3,700 retail offices out of about 32,000 such sites to help close a record deficit, which could top $9 billion.
Closing the 3,653 post offices would save about $200 million annually, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Postal officials say as more customers do their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain all its retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes.
“Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a press release.