Myrtle Beach residents react to ending of Saturday mail deliveries

02/06/2013 8:01 PM

02/07/2013 10:42 AM

Residents in Myrtle Beach offered mixed reactions Wednesday after the U.S. Post Office announced its Saturday mail deliveries will end in August.

“I don’t like it,” said Cara Airey. “I don’t send much mail, but I like being able to get my mail on Saturdays. It’s just inconvenient.”

But, Andy Owings said he understands.

“You’ve got to cover your expenses,” he said. “It’s a business. They’re doing it because they don’t have the money. You have to adjust.”

Michael Miles, communications manager for the USPS in Atlanta, said there shouldn’t be layoffs with the change. About 35,000 employees will be affected, he said, but the post office will be able to absorb it through attrition or other moves.

The change will come on August 5. Packages will still be delivered, Miles said.

Additionally, post offices with Saturday hours will remain open on those days, he said..

Owings said he didn’t think the changes would have any affect on him or his music store at Coastal Grand Mall.

Invoices, he said, used to come through the mail and that may have been the area where his business would be affected. But, nearly all invoices are sent now via email, he said.

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