Residents will have improved parking and access to the new San Marcos Post Office, which changed locations Monday.
The post office’s downtown location was permanently closed Saturday, Jan. 26, and reopened Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at its new 201 S. Stagecoach Trail address. The facility formerly housing the post office has been sold, and all operations have been moved to the newly renovated San Marcos Carrier Annex. The move is because of a national initiative to re-evaluate postal facilities.
The sale of the old post office to Arqueo LLC will return the downtown property to the city tax rolls. The 11 employees will keep their jobs as members of the new location. Trey Hatt, city spokesman, said the city is not involved in the move.
Sam Bolen, United States Postal Service spokesman, said hours of retail operation for the new San Marcos post office will remain the same as the old location. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. The post office is closed on Sundays.
“The new location will offer significantly improved customer parking and access,” Bolen said. “Additionally, residents can expect the amenities offered at the previous location like a bulk mail acceptance unit, retail counter service and a P.O. box section."
The downtown location received some criticism for its out-of-date facilities and lack of parking. Residents may find the Carrier Annex contrasts the structure of the previous location, which was built in 1959. The Carrier Annex offers modern postage resources and a considerable increase in parking compared to the downtown location’s 11 total parking spots.
Blake Robinson, undecided freshman, said students may be concerned with the relocation.
“Texas State students are going to be most affected by the change in location,” Robinson said. “Many students rely on walking to local businesses to satisfy their needs.”