Hopkinsville residents will be better served by the U.S. Postal Service’s Kentuckiana District as it gained a new postmaster in addition to celebrating the grand openings of two village post offices on Friday.

The village post offices are located inside the Maxfuel gas stations at 1100 W. Seventh St. and 4124 Fort Campbell Boulevard.

The new postmaster in Hopkinsville, Joey Elms, 36, said that, in order to initiate a better service profile for the city, he welcomes the new village post office program, which “creates an alternate access to serve the community.”

He stressed the new village model is “not to replace traditional full-service locations, but to allow customers with more choices to purchase limited services without standing in long lines at the full-service facilities, and providing those choices where people buy their gas.”

Elms continued by saying that, with the new rate hike coming, the USPS has to stay competitive.

“The VPOs are an adjustment to meet that,” he explained. “They’ve been a great success for us and the vendors that support us.”

Elms said that now there are 46 village post offices in Kentucky, and they give the USPS “flexibility, convenience and more foot traffic once people know that they can use a Maxfuel station and get limited mail service as well.”

Elms thanked Max Arnold and Sons LLC for the opportunity that he thinks will benefit both businesses. “Customers can get gas, come in to purchase stamps or flat-rate mail services and leave it here for pick-up.”

“Don’t forget the chicken,” Justin Frizzell, marketing and brand manager for Max Arnold and Sons, quipped in the background,

Postmaster Elms has been working for the USPS for the last 10 years. Before that, he spent seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief working on stealth bombers. He lives in Bowling Green and is commuting to Hopkinsville six days a week.

 

REACH STEVE BREEN at 270-887-3240 or sbreen@kentuckynewera.com.

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