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Downtown post office’s final day before move July 20

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The downtown post office’s last day in the federal building at Eighth and I streets will be July 20, after which the post office will be in Westfield Downtown Plaza.

“We’ll be moving and opening up on the 23rd,” said Ralph Petty, marketing manager for the Sacramento District of the U.S. Postal Service. “Our grand opening will be Aug. 6.”

The move has been talked about for some time, and the new location inside Downtown Plaza will allow access to the post office seven days per week, Petty said.

Currently, the federal building in which the downtown post office is housed is only open five days per week, and it closes at 5 p.m.

Petty said the post office lobby – including access to post office boxes – will be open at all times the mall is open, which is 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s a much nicer setting,” Petty said.

There will not be an automated postal center at the new location, but two window clerks will be on staff, and the post office will validate parking.

Staff will be on-hand at the post office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. Unlike the current space, customers will not be required to go through a security checkpoint.

The post office will be located on the ground floor of Downtown Plaza on the J Street side across from the Golden 1 Credit Union, according to a Westfield Downtown Plaza representative.

Historian William Burg, in commenting on a previous Sacramento Press story, said the new location is not far from another post office that used to be on the corner of Seventh and K streets, where St. Rose of Lima Park currently is.

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