PARAGON, Indiana — A store in a small town north of Bloomington is adding postal services to assist the local Post Office, which is coping with reduced hours.
The U.S. Postal Service says the new village post office will open Tuesday in Paragon, 16 miles north of Bloomington. It will be located at the Step Saver on Indiana 67.
The Postal Service introduced the village post office model in 2011 as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities. Local businesses contract with the Postal Service to offer stamps, flat-rate packaging and other services.
The Paragon village post office is the 43rd in the U.S. Postal Service's Greater Indiana District.
VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service.