Henrietta opens Village Post Office
A general store in Henrietta has become a Village Post Office, serving customers after normal business hours at the Henrietta Post Office, less than mile away.
Owned by Jason and Ashton Wease, Iron Works General Store, located off Harris Henrietta Road, became the location for the Henrietta/Mooresboro Village Post office last week. It is serving general store and postal service customers Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Henrietta Post Office is a six-hour per day service as its hours were trimmed in January by the United States Postal Service.
Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Jason Wease was concerned that by agreeing to have the Village Post office at his store, the postal service employees would lose their jobs or hours would be cut.
"This is people's jobs and I do not want to cost anyone a job," he said.
"I believe in the post office, but I also know people need to buy stamps," Jason Wease said.
In January the Henrietta postmaster was transferred to Mooresboro and Joyce Street was transferred to Henrietta as the postmaster.
"We have a two-year contract on this, but the writing is on the walls," he said.
The couple will mail packages and offer other postal services at their store.
"We will ship up to 70 pounds. If it fits, we ship it," he said.
The postal service contracts with Iron Works to provide the Village Post Office. Wease doesn't expect to make money on the service, although it is an investment.
Iron Works General Store opened in November 2011 and the couple said it has done well.
Last November Childers Truck Stop, off US 221 near the Chase community, became the area's first Village Post Office.