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Postal News: Postal Service extends retail hours at many post offices

By Staff | Dec 14, 2016

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE Locations with extended retail hours leading up to Christmas Day.

The U.S. Postal Service is prepared for the holiday season and will offer extended retail hours at many locations.

Whether customers need to ship it quickly or have plenty of time, the Postal Service has an option that will make shipping convenient and affordable.

Extended hours

Postal facilities throughout the Suncoast District are either opening and/or extending their hours leading up to Christmas Day.

Those designated offices will provide full retail services, including stamp sales and package acceptance.

In addition, several Suncoast District post offices offer retail hours on Saturdays and after 5 p.m.

Customers can check online at: usps.com and click on “Find USPS?Locations” or call 800-ASK-USPS (275-8777) for hours at specific post offices.

In addition, we have our Self Service Kiosks at the following locations for your use 24/7:

– Naples Main Post Office, 1200 Goodlette Road, Naples

– Bonita Springs Post Office, 26150 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

– Coco River Post Office, 1130 Creekside Way, Naples

– Page Field Post Office, 2655 N. Airport Road, Fort Myers

– Cape Coral Central Station, 1030 S.E. Ninth Ave., Cape Coral

– Cape Coral South Branch, 4722 S.E. 47th Terrace, Cape Coral

– Estero Post Office, 20791 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero

– Lehigh Acres Post Office, 1201 Business Way

Busiest, delivery days

The Postal Service predicts that Dec. 19 will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards.

The busiest mailing day also is expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit online at: usps.com.

Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates that more than 30 million packages will be delivered on that day alone.

Consumers can also visit: usps.com/holiday for more information and shipping options throughout the season.

Shipping deadlines

For delivery in anticipation of Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:

– Dec. 9: APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail and First Class Mail

– Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground

– Dec. 20: First Class Mail

– Dec. 21: Priority Mail

– Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 16 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2016 holiday season.

In addition, we are projecting approximately 750 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, which is an increase of 12 percent over last year’s volume.

In time for the holidays, the Postal Service will offer real-time delivery notifications – meaning customers who sign up for alerts at:?myusps.com will receive notification within a few minutes of the delivery scan for select packages.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.