Grant Post Office to Close for good


July 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Post Office in Grant will be closing, soon. KJAN News has been notified officials at the facility will post a closure notice, on Monday. Last February, the citizens of Grant received a letter from the manager of Post Office Operations in Des Moines, indicating the agency was seriously considering closing the post office.

This past week, Rich Watkins, spokesman for the U-S Postal Services’ Hawkeye District, based in Kansas City, Kansas, said his office has been inundated with calls since the USPS announced 178 post office could be closed in Iowa. Last February, Watkins told KJAN News the Grant Post Office has been vacant since last Summer, when the Post Master there retired. An Officer in Charge has been managing operations since then.

Watkins said at the time, that if the Grant Post Office were to close, there would still be pickup and delivery of the mail, along with the sale of stamps and other, traditional services, at what are called “cluster box units,” which are served by a neighboring post office. Customers would still be able to use the Grant, Iowa zip code in their mailing addresses, and retail services will continue to be available 17-miles away, at the Villisca Post Office, or 10-miles away, in Elliott.