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Osan’s new post office is scheduled to open May 13. The new post office, which is located near the Osan Shopping Mall, features larger mailboxes and additional service counters.

Osan’s new post office is scheduled to open May 13. The new post office, which is located near the Osan Shopping Mall, features larger mailboxes and additional service counters. (Franklin Fisher / S&S)

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A new base post office with more service windows, bigger mailboxes and a location next to the U.S. military’s biggest shopping mall in South Korea is set to open May 13, officials said Thursday.

Service will continue at the existing post office until close of business May 10.

“We’ll keep the operation going as late as possible and then begin our move the morning of the 11th,” said postal services manager Joseph Hee of the 51st Communications Squadron.

Customers won’t be able to pick up mail May 11-12, Hee said, but can send mail from the postal annex near the main gate.

The new post office will offer 8,500 boxes, 1,500 more than the current location offers.

The boxes will be big enough to hold a CD or DVD parcel. With the letter-size boxes at the current post office, such parcels must be picked up at a service counter.

Five service windows — two more than at the old building — will be available for customers sending mail from the new post office.

The new building also will have a separate registered-mail counter. At the old building, registered mail was handled at a single outbound counter along with other transactions.

Postal customers will benefit from the new facility’s location next to the Osan Shopping Mall, Hee said.

And postal personnel are “elated” about the location, said Master Sgt. Albert Acoba, postmaster.

“We will have a better environment. They move up in quality of life,” he said.


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