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Greensburg Auto Tag becomes U.S. Postal Service shipper

| Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Owner Robert Nowlin Jr. poses under a new sign at Greensburg Auto Tag and Notary at 249 W. Pittsburgh St. in Greensburg. Customers can buy stamps and ship packages from the business, which has been approved as a 'shipper' for the U.S. Postal Service.

Greensburg residents, Westmoreland County Courthouse workers and others who need to buy a stamp or ship a package now have another option besides the U.S. Post Office on South Pennsylvania Avenue.

Greensburg Auto Tag and Notary at 249 W. Pittsburgh St. was approved in November by the U.S. Postal Service to sell stamps, ship packages and offer other services that are normally handled by a post office, business owner Robert Nowlin Jr. said.

“We're a licensed, approved shipper,” he said. “We have a contract with the U.S. Postal Service that says we are able to ship mail, sell stamps.

“Everything the post office does on South Pennsylvania Avenue, we can do,” Nowlin said.

He will be offering services from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The post office in Greensburg closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

In addition, Greensburg Auto Tag and Notary is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nowlin said.

“It's a big benefit (to customers) because when the post office closes, we're still open,” Nowlin said.

He expects to be open some federal holidays, when the post office is closed.

His business' proximity to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital and the Westmoreland County Courthouse is an added bonuses, Nowlin said.

The postal service will schedule times to pick up packages turned in at Greensburg Auto Tag, said Tad Kelley, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

Operations such as the one Nowlin is operating receive no money from the Postal Service, according to Kelley.

“What most of these want ... is added foot traffic because they're offering more services to have customers,” Kelley said. “So it's a win-win.”

There are other approved “shippers” in Western Pennsylvania, but Kelley said he knew of no other in Greensburg.

People can buy stamps, ship packages and get other services in the kiosk area of the Greensburg Post Office after the main office closes, he noted.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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