JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 'Tis the season to expect extended holiday hours at local United States Post Offices.
The USPS is anticipating a 20% increase over 2011 in the amount of delivers over the holiday season, according to spokesperson Wendy Fuller with the United States Post Office.
Fuller says the Postal Service projects the record-breaking increase in its competitive package business due to consumers' growing fondness for shopping online.
All Post Offices will be open Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, but some will have shortened retail lobby hours and close at noon. Post Offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Years Day, Jan. 1.
Customers are encouraged to go online to usps.com or call 1-800-ASK-USPS for information about specific Post Offices.
Mail delivery for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will be the same as any other Monday. Only Express Mail will be delivered on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in most major metro areas.
Regular business hours will resume on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
Commercial customers are asked to check with their Business Mail Entry Units for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 hours of operation.
In addition, mail should be deposited into blue collection mailboxes before noon for early pickup on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
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