Salem gets a new post office

Salem — A new U.S. contract postal unit will open in Salem Health Mart Pharmacy on Thursday morning, allowing residents to once again check P.O. boxes and mail packages in town.

The previous 46-P.O.-box contract postal unit closed on Jan. 1 when the business that housed it, Four Corners Country Deli, closed without prior notice. Customers were greeted with a handwritten sign announcing the deli’s permanent closure.

For the following five months, Salem residents had to drive to nearby towns to mail packages, buy supplies and use other postal services. Mail to Salem P.O. boxes was temporarily routed to Colchester.

The closure of deli and, therefore, the town’s post office, surprised residents, First Selectman Kevin Lyden and the U.S. Postal Service. Lyden contacted U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney D-2nd District, who promised to help restore postal service in Salem. The congressman sent a letter to the postmaster general that week, expressing concern about the postal unit’s closure and offering help finding a new location.

There will be a ribbon-cutting for the new post office at 11 a.m. Thursday, said Lyden. The Health Mart Pharmacy is located in the same plaza as the deli — just north of the roundabout on Route 85.

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