By Julie McCay Turner
As the 2015 holiday mailing season draws to a close, a move-in date remains fluid for the Bedford Post Office’s retail location at the Bedford Marketplace.
In mid-October, Steven N. Doherty, a Corporate Communications specialist for the Northeast Area of the US Postal Service, projected that Bedford’s new retail post office would be completed this coming January. In a telephone conversation last week, Doherty said there would be at least a 90-day delay in building out the new space once a lease for Bedford’s new retail facility has been signed.
In a site plan on The Dartmouth Company’s website, the Marketplace’s leasing agent shows the post office’s retail facility as scheduled to occupy space in Building B, along with a Hair Cuttery; a new restaurant, Comella’s; and returning restaurant tenants Bruegger’s Bagels, Subway, and b.Good. Bank of America opened their new space in Building B in mid-December.
Through an intermediary, Marketplace developer Ross Hamlin said yesterday that it would be inappropriate to comment on lease negotiations until they are finalized.
Kudos to Bedford’s Postal Service Employees
Benefiting from December’s milder than normal weather, the busiest mailing season of the year was handled with grace by post office employees shoehorned into two trailers, one for mailing supplies/post boxes and the other, which some have described as a “fried dough” stand, for retail counter service.
Through it all, Bedford’s post office employees have provided outstanding service to their customers, although many residents have traveled to Carlisle or Nutting Lake instead of waiting in line, outdoors in a corner of the Bedford Marketplace parking lot.
To protect the safety of the US mail, Postal Service trucks have visited the site at least twice a day to ferry mail from Bedford for processing.