Updated 6:29 p.m.
The new Bloomington post office on Walnut Street opened today. The Post Office decided to move after its long-term lease at its 4th Street location ended.
Bloomington Post Master Ed Royce says the move has been going smoothly.
“The parking is full and the lobby is full of people waiting to use the new facility,” Royce says. “I think everybody is excited about, and they should. This is a boost for this town moving into a new facility like this. So far it has gone very well.”
The Post Office says customers have the same P.O. Box numbers and can still receive the same basic services as at the old location, including buying stamps and packaging and mailing letters. Hours also remain the same.
Customer Jeff Rosenplont says the transition was easy for him.
“Parking doesn’t seem to be a problem,” Rosenplont says. “I collected from a P.O. Box, the P.O. Box was there and it was relatively easy to find.”
The new location, which formerly housed a restaurant, does not include a distribution center, and mail is now being sorted and distributed through a location in Indianapolis.
Royce says on Thursday the Post Office will sell some of the items it no longer needs.
“Our infamous once in a lifetime dock sale on Thursday, from three o’clock in the afternoon to seven in the evening, where everything leftover that we can’t fit into the building or isn’t any use to us will be on the dock in the back during those hours will be on sale for the public,” he says.
First United Methodist Church owns the old post office building and says it is making plans to turn the property into retail space and senior housing.