Queen's University

Retail Postal Outlet to close

 
2011-05-03

The Retail Postal Outlet (RPO) located on the lower floor of the John Deutsch University Centre will close on June 30.

“Sales at the RPO have steadily declined over the past couple of years, and the facility has been running on a continuous loss as a stand-alone postal outlet,” says Eoin MacDonald, Director Strategic Procurement Services. “There was a lot to consider in making this decision, and we regret any affect the closure may have on students, faculty and staff.”

Two Queen’s employees currently staff the RPO, which accepts and distributes letters and parcels, sells stamps and envelopes, and has post office boxes. Members of the Queen’s community have several alternatives nearby, including Canada Post outlets at Princess and Division Streets and in Portsmouth village.

“At a time when all Canadian universities, including Queen’s, are facing significant financial difficulties, we have to examine the viability of all of our services,” says Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) Caroline Davis. “Unfortunately, the RPO is no longer sustainable.”

Community members who receive postal cards for inbound registered mail should check the card to see where their mail is being held before heading to a nearby outlet. Arrangements are also being made for students to process applications for their Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) cheques, formerly available at the RPO, at an on-campus location that will be announced shortly.

“We understand that Canada Post is interested in exploring other possibilities at Queen’s should a viable party express an interest in offering postal services in the future, but the stand-alone outlet is no longer an option,” says Mr. MacDonald.

More information will be posted to the Strategic Procurement Services website as it is available. Information will also be available at the RPO until June 30.

 

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