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Preble has become the 14th community in the U.S. Postal Service’s Greater Indiana District with a Village Post Office (VPO).
The VPO opened last week in the Preble Feed & Grain business in Preble. It became the 73rd VOP in the United States.
According to a news release, Connie Garner, who owns Preble Feed and Grain with her father, said she sees the VPO as a convenience to her customers, especially to older members of the local community. “I think it will be very convenient for them to buy their stamps and pick up shipping supplies outside the (regular) post office’s regular hours,” Garner said.
Preble Feed and Grain has been a fixture in the community for almost 40 years, the news release said.
Garner said the store’s clientele comes mainly from the local farming community that tends to be repeat customers as well as those from a larger area that require the store’s services, including grinding and mixing feed for livestock. The store also has a small section that caters to pet owners.
The feed and grain store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Although it is not mentioned in the Postal Service's news release, it is known that the longtime post office along US 224 in Preble remains open, although its hours eventually be reduced.
Last year, the Postal Service introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities, it said in the news release. VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service, and offer a range of popular postal products and services, including stamps and flat-rate packaging.