VICCO—For the first time in the Kentuckiana district, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will be opening up a village post office in a liquor store, and that liquor store just so happens to be in Perry County.
The Kwik-Six Package Liquor Store in Vicco will now be able to offer many of the services the Hazard Post Office offers, including flat-rate package shipping, mail drop-off, and stamps to customers in the Vicco and Sassafras ZIP codes, said Nick Walker, village post office (VPO) coordinator and postmaster.
“We looked at serving two different communities, which is Sassafras and Vicco, and this is the location that was central to both,” Walker explained. “It’s located on a major highway, on Hwy 15. That was our best avenue to go with.”
The village post office program was started a few years ago, Walker said, as a way to not only help increase revenue for the USPS, which has been struggling to stay afloat in recent years, but to also help local businesses increase sales during such difficult economic times.
“When we do a village post office it gives the customers another option, an alternate option to buy stamps and mail a flat-rate package,” Walker said, adding that becoming a village post office comes at no cost to the business. “When you offer those two services, that will actually put more foot traffic into your store.”
Walker said that increased foot traffic leads customers to pick up other commodities and services the business offers along with any postal services they may need.
Manager of Kwik-Six Sharon Taylor, who said she had been working at the store for more than 25 years, said she was optimistic about the village post office designation and what it could mean for the store.
“I think that we’ll sell a lot of stamps,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of people who can’t get to the post office around here.”
Taylor added that she would “definitely” be using the postal services at the store now.
This village post office will be the third to open in Perry County, Walker said, and added that the offices in Rowdy and Krypton were doing very well.
When the Rowdy VPO was opened last year, it not only helped both the USPS and Campbell’s Service Station, the business where the office is located, it also helped revive a ZIP code that many assumed was dead.
In December of last year, Walker told the Herald that the Rowdy Post Office had been closed for a number of years, which left those in that community with having to travel the extra miles to the next nearest post office in Ary.
The Vicco village post office, Walker said, would not be a revival like the Rowdy one was, but was more of a preventative measure.
“Basically, we’re not reviving it, we’re retaining it,” he said. “It’s a ZIP code retention.”
Walker plans to open another village post office in the Yerkes community of Perry County in the near future, and said more would be coming to the county as the year progressed.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.