Sullivan post office to shutter during building search

Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise The building used by the Sullivan post office and Useful Junk is owned by Wes Wyse.

Picking up mail may require a longer drive in the near future for Sullivan residents with a post office box.

The Sullivan post office will lose the lease to its retail location on State Rt. 58 at the end of this month. The landlord, Wesley Wyse, decided not to renew it.

Wyse said he bought the building about nine years ago and the post office had about eight years left on its lease at that time.

“The plan was always that hopefully I would grow my antique shop business to the point where it needed to expand and that’s pretty much what happened,” he said. “We’re bursting at the seams with inventory and we have a lot of regular customers who come in. It’s just time for us to grow as all businesses do.”

Wyse said he informed the post office last September that he wasn’t planning on renewing their lease. It ends July 31.

David Van Allen, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the process of finding a new location has just begun. The search will be handled by out-of-state personnel and could take as long as a year to complete.

In the meantime, mail will be delivered to Sullivan residents through the Spencer post office — which means it might arrive later than customers are accustomed to, Van Allen said.

“Post office box customers at the end of July will need to start going to Spencer to pick up the post office boxes if they want to continue having a post office box while the process continues to look for another retail facility in Sullivan,” he said.

The Sullivan office is about 10 miles from the Spencer office.

The volume of mail being processed will remain the same because Spencer is the managing office for Sullivan.

Sullivan USPS employees will retain their current positions and will either go to Spencer or another neighboring post office until a new location is chosen.

“As far as retail products, like stamps and things like that, rural delivery is basically a post office on wheels and they all have rural delivery out there, so they can get their products straight from their carrier,” Van Allen said.

Rural Free Delivery is a service that started in the late 19th century to deliver mail to people living in outlying areas.

Customers can talk to their mail carriers or call ahead to request the materials they need. The last day customers will be able to purchase supplies at the Sullivan office is July 24.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.