Schaeffer's in Ruffsdale launched as Village Post Office
Schaeffer's Corner Market has a new service.
The ribbon was cut Friday at the facility at 1132 New Stanton Ruffsdale Road in Ruffsdale, officially launching the store as the 19th Village Post Office in the western Pennsylvania District.
Kristin Ranker, who has owned the store for three years, said the business will be selling stamps and packages can be mailed from the facility, plus there is a mailbox located outside the market.
“I'm not doing any of the more intense things that the post office does,” Ranker said. “I'm just trying to help them out a little bit, have hours a little bit longer.”
Schaeffer's Corner Market is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week, allowing a convenient option for those interested in utilizing the store for the postal services it will provide.
“It's kind of nice. If you forget to buy stamps or you need something mailed, you don't have to wait for the post office to open,” Ranker said. “It's a one-stop thing. If you don't make it to the post office or forget to go to the post office you can come in and do that.”Village Post Offices are operated by community businesses to provide selected postal products and services. There are 589 in the country.
“By working with third-party retailers we're creating easier and more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” said Duane Gallo, post office operations manager. “Village Post Offices offer another way for us to meet our customers needs.”
Tad Kelly, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service's western Pennsylvania District, said Schaeffer's is in an excellent location for a village post office.
“It's obviously a great fit,” Kelly said. “We wouldn't want to go somewhere where there isn't a lot of traffic or wouldn't do them any well. This is perfect. Community proprietors such as Kristen see this as a way to bring more visibility, more traffic to their building. It's not really a profit-based thing. It's really about the added convenience they bring to their customers and for our purposes, most of these stores have better hours than we do.”
This does not mean that the current post office in Ruffsdale is closing. There's just going to be some additional hours available for these services.
“This is in compliment to what we're doing,” Kelly said. “We have reduced hours in many smaller offices. This really compliments them.”
The Ruffsdale Post Office, located on Route 31, just a block away from Schaeffer's, is open Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. with a break for lunch from noon-1 p.m. The window closes at 4:15 p.m. and the facility is open for P.O. boxes until 4:30 p.m. It's also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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