Postal outlet at Superstore to close next month

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - Consumers heading to one local grocery store planning on dropping off mail to be delivered won't have the option after the beginning of April.

The Amherst Market of the Atlantic Superstore will lose the Canada Post outlet as of April 3.

Julija Hunter, senior director of Corporate Affairs with Loblaw Companies Limited, said terms of renewal were not able to be agreed upon by the two parties.

"Based on a thorough review of the operation, we were unable to keep it open," she added.

This isn't the first postal outlet in the Atlantic Superstore to be closed, nor will it be the only outlet to close on April 3.

Outlets in St. Stephen, Glace Bay, Porters Lake, West Royalty Lake and Upper Tantallon were closed Feb. 27, while the outlets in New Minas, Summerside, Bathurst and Sydney Welton St. will also close the same time the Amherst outlet will close.

Genevieve Latour, external communications manager for Canada Post's Atlantic offices, has confirmed the outlet is closing and that there's no confirmation another outlet will open in another location in Amherst.

"We're still looking at the possibilities of a new location over the next few weeks, but nothing's been confirmed as of yet," she said.

The postal outlet opened in the grocery store on June 1, 1998.

Long term plans for the area between the customer service desk and the cashiers at Superstore are unknown at this time, and Hunter says it will be reviewed on a store-by-store basis.

"However it is likely that most of the area that previously housed Canada Post outlets will be expanded to assist the needs of our customers better," Hunter added.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Canada Post, Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Companies

Geographic location: AMHERST, Atlantic Superstore, Glace Bay Porters Lake West Royalty Lake Upper Tantallon New Minas

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  • Justa Thought
    January 18, 2010 - 11:23

    Hmmm....Maybe this is why they need to sell the plastic bags now??
    Subsidize the postal revenue by makin everyone buy their plastic bags!!

    Now it make sense,,,hehe

  • facts are facts
    January 18, 2010 - 11:06

    well - sounds like superstore is closing up shop - first overcharging us for free bags - now shuting down your postal service - what's next - selling beer in their stores

  • flipx
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    Hate to say but it is just another nail in the coffin but what do you expect the non so Supper Store the company is doing it self in.The selection is great if you want to buy everything but groceries. But there is down the road and I do believe they call them selves a grocery store.

  • Mom
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    This is the first of many changes happening this spring in the Superstore.
    The store is losing its electronics department which is being replaced with a clothing section.
    I think changes have been made to the bakery because last night when I went in the bulk roll bins were gone.
    I just hope the store keeps the Healthy Living section.

  • Rick
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    I hear it is the post office that has forced this decision by increasing the cost excessively . What are all supposed to do now with terrible parking and the already slow service at the main outlet ?
    Seniors and others could get a cart to move large parcels in at Superstore, not so down town.
    I think this decision should be reversed.

  • Fuzzy Bear
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    The Superstore guys are in the business to make money and any venture that doesn't make money to fatten their CEO's pockets is kicked to the curb as they say!! Canada Post is in the business to make money as well so when two cultures like this meet head on....guess what consumers and the public loses. Nothing else is imprortant to them.