Post office cuts hours

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Littleton’s downtown post office is joining others across the country cutting hours effective March 29. The post office, now open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday hours will remain 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Supervisor John Leonhardt said the United States Postal Service has timed the hours of local offices to coincide with nearby businesses, and most Main Street stores close at 5 p.m.

He said the two hours that will be lost aren’t normally too busy.

“Some last-minute people run in from time to time,” he said. The change means it won’t be necessary for employees to work overtime to cover the customer-service window.

In February, USPS announced it was ending Saturday mail delivery in August, but locations currently open on Saturday will continue to be open. Packages will be delivered on Saturdays.

The postal service expects to save about $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO.

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