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February 22, 2013

J's Groceries helps community avoid pain of Postal Service cuts

PRINCETON — U.S. Postal Service cutbacks might not affect a portion of rural Mercer County after all.

J.R. and Marie Burrell, owners of J’s Groceries in Kegley, confirmed their store would be offering Village Post Office services to customers beginning immediately after a grand opening ceremony Friday afternoon. Both enthusiastically explained that their store could now sell stamps and offered the “If it fits, it ships” service.

J.R. said that he and his wife had originally applied to be a Village Post Office in 2010. At that time, their application was rejected due to the proximity of the Kegley post office which lies directly across US 19 from the store.

However, when the Postal Service announced their intention to limit the hours of the Kegley post office to weekday mornings, the Burrells were asked to try again. A short while later, they received a visit and did an interview with the USPS’ Kim Whittington.

And in November 2012, they signed an agreement to become a village post office in Kegley.

“We didn’t hear anything from the Postal Service until last week,” Marie said in a written statement. “Then our sign came in along with the ‘If it fits, it ships’ display.”

An added surprise was the addition of a post office collection box outside of the store. Marie said that she and her husband didn’t think that they would be receiving one of those.

“We’re happy to offer these services to our customers,” Marie added. “It’s good for us and for the community.”

-       Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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