Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ch- Ch- Changes: Springfield, PA

The Metro Philadelphia District has been aggressive in consolidating stations and branches in the Philly suburbs. The beginning of August saw two branches of Media, PA being combined into one. Namely, the following two facilities were consolidated:
Media, PA: Springfield Mall Branch @ 1250 Baltimore Pike #L13b2
Media, PA: Springfield Branch @ 32 N. Brookside Rd.

The new facility is located near the Mall Branch @ 1132 Baltimore Pike, in Springfield's Olde Sproul Shopping Center. It's accessible to more passers-through than the Mall Branch, but less accessible to residents close to the Springfield main streets. I visited all three today and took their photographs.

USPS had been looking to consolidate up to three facilities in a new location for two years, but only replaced the two Springfield branches. There are no carriers there; Delivery Unit Optimization has placed the Springfield carriers in the Lansdowne post office, three miles away. I'm personally surprised they couldn't put the carriers in a closer office such as Clifton Heights, or a more related office like Media.

The USPS Locator tool and Mobile App both misstate the hours of the new Springfield office, which are presently Mon.-Fri. 9-7 and Sat. 9-4. The old Springfield location had hours of 8-4 and 9-12; the Springfield Mall location had been open as long as the mall was during the week: it was open Mon-Sat. 10-8:30 and Sun. 11-4. (Many mall locations share this uncommon attribute.)

The Springfield Mall post office ceased retail operations on Aug. 4 and P.O. box operations on Aug. 5. The Springfield post office closed Aug. 5 and the building is currently for sale. The new Springfield office officially opened Aug. 6. Without further ado, I hereby present you photos!

Former site: Springfield Mall post office

Former site: Springfield post office

New location: Springfield post office

1 comment:

  1. What Springfield got because of this is a continual erosion of carrier service. The carriers are surly and tracked mail listed as on the truck is not delivered.