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Modern post office set for Monday opening


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001

NORTHDALE -- For years, the two-window post office tucked in between a dry cleaner and a karate studio was Northdale's postal link to the outside world.

Tiny, cramped and popular among residents, it operated for 18 years under private ownership before the U.S. Postal Service took it over just before Christmas 1999.

Last October, postal officials announced that they would build a modern facility in the Carrollwood Commons Shopping Center at Ehrlich Road and N Dale Mabry.

This weekend marked the changing of the guard. The office on Northdale Boulevard closed for business on Friday. The new office will have a "soft" opening Monday, rather than an elaborate grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. "The post office box customers at Northdale will have to come in for keys (to their new boxes), so this will give them time to make the transition," said Postal Service customer relations coordinator Bridget Robertson.

She said managers have had to turn customers away after the sign went up on the building.

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