WASHINGTON — The Postal Service announced today that it will begin setting up operations in major shopping malls across the country, staffed by store and not postal employees.
Assistant Postmaster General Gordon C. Morison said the agency is planning to negotiate contracts for operation of postal service centers in major stores at shopping malls.
No locations were announced.
Like several thousand contract postal outlets in drug stores, groceries and other retail facilities, the new centers will be operated by employees of the stores where they are located and will be open when the stores are open.
Eleven Sears, Roebuck and Co. stores in the Chicago area have been operating such centers on a test basis since last October. The centers drew criticism from the American Postal Workers Union because they are staffed by Sears employees rather than by postal workers.
Morison said the facilities are no threat to jobs of postal workers.