The last customers of the old Edmonds Post Office stepped up to the counter in the final minutes before Saturday’s 1 p.m. closing. The Post Office will open in its new location just around the corner on 2nd Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
According to an employee putting up signs outside the building Saturday afternoon, there will be no drive-thru mailbox at the new Post Office. The old drive-thru located along 2nd Avenue North will remain until the former Post Office is torn down, which is expected to happen soon, he said.
While the new Post Office is about half the size of the existing facility, it utilizes the existing loading dock and provides “a more efficient space within which to operate,” according to developer Doug Spee of Edmonds 2020 LLC, who is building new apartments on the site.
“We’ve been working with the Post Office to design a space that meets their needs and helps them control costs,” he added. “The current space is about twice as large as they need, so we worked with them to design the new facility to be smaller, more efficient, and most importantly, more cost-effective.”
The old facility has served downtown Edmonds since 1961.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel