MUSCLE SHOALS — A double-wide trailer has been set up behind the post office building on Avalon Avenue and the U.S. Postal Service once again can offer full service to those who were used to stopping at the city's branch.
On Aug. 8, the U.S. Postal Service temporarily suspended operations at the building at 2350 Avalon Ave., citing unsafe conditions in the building. The building is owned by out-of-state residents, but repair work is underway.
Officials said the issue was due to some structural damage inside the facility, but has declined to offer details on what the damage is and what caused it.
“There are multiple scopes of work being done by different contractors,” said Debbie Fetterly, communications specialist for the U.S. Postal Service for Alabama and North Florida. “We do not have a date to reoccupy the building, but our estimation is January.”
Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford said the post office is heavily used by individuals as well as businesses.
“I’m anxiously waiting on it to reopen and I know a lot of other people are also,” he said.
When the post office was temporarily closed a retail van was parked there to provide limited services to customers.
Fetterly said the double-wide trailer has replaced the van.
“We wanted to protect our customers from the weather so we deployed the double-wide trailer,” Fetterly said.
She said the trailer has more room and offers customers protection from the elements.
“The new unit is fully operational and the Post Office Box Section is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she said. “Customers can mail packages, purchase stamps, do all their business needs in the double-wide.”