New ‘contract postal unit’ opens downtown
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Wed., Feb. 16, 2011
Downtown Manchester has a new United States Post Office “contract postal unit,” located inside the furniture consignment store, Just What You Always Wanted, at 974 Main St. The new location is open for business, processing all classes of mail, as well as post office boxes.
According to Randy Yott, retail specialist for the Connecticut River Valley District of the USPS, after Sincerely Yours decided not to continue as a contract postal unit, an ad was placed in local newspapers soliciting applications for a new location. “We had about four bids, but everyone else backed out,” said Yott.
“I’m glad to see it’s so close to the old location,” said Elizabeth O’Brien, of Manchester. “I’m sorry to see them [Sincerely Yours] go, because they were good people.” O’Brien maintains a post office box for important mail, such as bills and bank statements, for peace of mind.
The Just What You Always Wanted location met several of the USPS’ qualifications. “They had the best parking,” said Yott, noting the ample parking at the Forest Street municipal parking lot, which is adjacent to the building on Main Street.
“It’s great that we found another place downtown,” said Manchester resident Jim Valvo.
“We breathed a big sigh of relief,” said Tana Parseliti, manager of the Downtown Manchester Special Services District, about keeping the post office convenient for residents and businesses in the downtown area, as well as in the greater south Manchester community.
The new location will also be open for extended hours - Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On weekdays, there will be a morning pick-up and a 5:15 p.m. pick-up to transfer the mail to the main post office on Sheldon Road.
“This one’s more convenient,” said Marci Barry, of Manchester, noting the municipal parking lot.
Although this location will not offer USPS money orders, store owner Jim Tierinni is looking into making Western Union money orders available.
“I’m a big proponent of downtown Manchester,” said Tierinni, “and downtown needs the post office.” Tierinni is also looking forward to the additional foot traffic in his furniture consignment store. He has added four new part-time positions and one full-time for the post office, as well as to provide additional staff for the store. His store has been in business at this location since November 2010.
During the first days of business, Yott helped train the new employees, including Doreen Jurczwk, of Manchester, and Parker Deming, of South Windsor. “It’s easier to train on the job,” said Yott. The new staff will receive at least 40 hours of training, and will have on-call assistance, as needed.
“I’m the type who has to do it to learn,” said Jurczwk.
There are three USPS locations in Manchester, including the main post office at 111 Sheldon Road, another CPU located at 1020 Tolland Turnpike, and the Just What You Always Wanted location. For details about the various locations, visit the website usps.whitepages.com.