KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The United States Postal Service will open two new village post office locations inside Kansas City libraries Tuesday.
The move saves the struggling post office money and could be more convenient for its customers.
The Postal Service is facing billions of dollars in losses, and hundreds of brick and mortar stores have been shut down across the country, but now the company is trying something new.
The new offices will open inside the Lucile H. Bluford Library and North-East Branch Library.
Customers will be able to buy stamps, mail packages and open a P.O. box.
The postal service has 600 similar locations coast-to-coast, but this is a new concept in Kansas City.
The Postal Service hopes these village locations will be more convenient for customers by being open longer hours, and also save the company money.
"It is a cost saver for the postal service. Because we are not tax supported and haven't been for about 30 years we really have to look out for every penny,” postal spokesperson Richard Watkins said. “These village post offices will be open longer hours than a traditional brick and mortar post office so that also benefits the customers. It's really a win-win situation for everyone."
The Postal Service said 40 percent of their sales come from convenient locations like the post office locations in banks and grocery stores, rather than the brick and mortar locations.
The Postal Service is so big, it has more U.S. stores than Walmart, Starbucks and McDonalds combined.