(Dothan, AL)--The U.S. Postal Service is backing off its original plan to shut down thousands of post offices in rural America.
On Wednesday, the organization announced a plan that would keep the existing Post Office in place, but would modify retail window hours to match customer use.
"We're discontinuing the process we've applied to the 3,700 post offices and we'll begin a new process that gives communities the option to maintain their post office," said Megan Brennan, Postal Service Chief Operating Officer.
The adjustments will force thousands of postal service employees to switch from full-time to part-time shifts.
The new strategy will be implemented over a two year period and is estimated to save the Postal Service around a half billion dollars annually.