Residents in Oxford are upset after learning the only post office in town is slated to close in December. Customers will now have to travel to nearby towns for service.
Oxford never had a federally funded post office. The town told eyewitness news that the current operator no longer wants to operate the post office.
"The amount of work involved, the amount of money coming in, did not justify paying rent, employees. Usually it was part of another business, a restaurant or a barbershop, so it was a sideline," said Jeff Haney, Oxford Selectman.
Haney says in the long-term, the government approved Oxford for its own post office. He says the issue is making sure service continues through December.
"There's a lot of empty locations. The Little River Plaza has some empty space, some vacancies. I think it would be a perfect location," said Haney.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said in a statement, "for a community like oxford, losing their only post office would be disastrous. Mail service could be affected and many residents, including seniors, would be forced to travel further to access a post office."
The United States Postal Service released a statement to Eyewitness News on Friday.
"We are aggressively seeking a long term solution and are searching for a location for the new Oxford Post Office," the statement read.
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