Nora post office to close

June 19, 2009
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Nora Post OfficeOne of the city's busiest post office branches will close in the coming months to clear the way for a possible expansion of the Target store at Nora Plaza. The USPS leased the property from Target, which now wants it back. The Minneapolis-based chain may be looking at expanding the standard Target into a Super Target as it faces competition from a Whole Foods in the same center, and a new Kroger is under construction nearby. The post office hopes to maintain a retail presence in the area but likely will consolidate its Nora back-office operations into nearby branches, said Donna Hoffman, a USPS spokeswoman. Hoffman said she understands Target is looking either at expanding its store or adding more parking, but a store employee said she was not aware of expansion plans. The USPS, which employs about 125 people at the Nora office, likely would not build a new branch in the area because of a freeze on such projects, Hoffman said.
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  • Better get the Nora Nimbys on this right away. First their junk trees, now their Post Office. Next it'll be their Library, License Branch, and North Central! TO ARMS! TO ARMS! BREAK OUT THE PITCHFORKS!

    :)
    • The only Nimby in this forum is you Thundermutt. Grow up chump.
    • haha - Thundermutt that made me laugh!
    • If target was smart, they would put a USPS counter inside the store. Would bring in more people. Put it in the back, so you have to look at all the sale's on the way in and on the way out. Don’t tale Wally world...
    • Wow. Breaking news here! This blog makes the city look like its biggest news is adding lights to a building and closing a post office. *yawn* Indy is better than this!
    • KFLO: Write me up a few posts you'd like to see and send them to cschouten@ibj.com.
    • Yeh thundermutt. Seriously, some of your posts actually sound somewhat educated, but lately, you sound like your 12 year-old daughter got ahold of IBJ and is posting under your name. (or son...don't know for sure)

      So, we now have a Marsh, a Kroger, AND a SuperTarget going in to within 500 yards of eachother... I guess competition is a good thing...

      BTW, Bob, I like the idea. Can't say that I see a partnership between USPS and Target happening, but who knows. Maybe target will lease part of the new construction to them. Either way, the post office and target have benefitted from eachother's existence...I'd have to think that they both want to be close to eachother. Maybe Kroger is going to provide USPS a facility on their new complex and stick a big middle-finger up in Marsh's direction...

      BTW, I'm amazed to not see anything regarding the Regional Performing Arts Center, Cory...not that I think it's particularly news-worthy.
    • Mark, agreed 100%.

      Regarding the Regional Performing Arts Center, I have seen the photos of broken welds and the splitting in structural steel. It's a mess but not as messy or as hard to fix as the Central Library fiasco. I bet that it will get a little political in the next week, though.
    • Good one Cory. Not much going on, so short of fabricating news or reporting on rumors, there is not much you can report. I do think this is newsworthy, some people will be be P.O.'d over losing their P.O., others happy about a SuperTarget. If nothing else, it is good news that they are expanding, maybe the recession is easing.
    • Hint to Mark and Todd: smilie means it's a joke.

      Seriously...the USPS is in about the same shape as GM and Chrysler: obsolete product, shrinking market share, too many retail locations, entrenched union. They need to close hundreds or thousands of post offices.

      They get to blame this one on Target, but if I were the regional USPS manager, I'd be glad for any chance to consolidate operations and cut costs.

      How about this one: location theory predicts, and the market bears out, that clusters of competitors will locate as close together as possible. Hence CVS across the street from Walgreen's, McDonalds and BK, and now Marsh, Kroger, Target, and Whole Foods. Happens everywhere, all the time, not just in Nora. It means there's a viable, thriving market district and customer base to support it.

      Educated enough? :)
    • I have often used this post office because the Castleton location
      is so easy to reach (NOT). Let's hope there is a replacement nearby.
    • If I farted, then it would be news too...
    • I heard IMS is for sale soon. :lol:
    • Because of the turf battles by Postmasters, Carmel has not been able to get all of its areas under the umbrella of a Carmel address. I am sure the fact of the Nora branch is closing wont be lost on Mayor Brainard
    • KFLO - If you don't like the posts here, either stop visiting or - like Cory said - make some suggestions on what to post. You must be full of great ideas (smile). A post office is a big deal, my friend. You get used to place when its been there for 30 years. Many people still rely on the post office. And people consider it a part of the community, even in the city. Have you never spent time in a small town? Nora is a community. Castleton is a community. Broad Ripple is a community. And so on. They have some pride, not smugness like you.

      Thundermutt - Same with you. Take your bitter pill elsewhere. Don't mock a group that cares about their community. Maybe you disagree, but that doesn't make them any less important. And stop calling them Nimbys. Not many people care enough anymore to speak up in public -and open themselves to possible ridicule by naysayers like you. Give them a little respect.
    • Boomer and others: I actually have real experience with those people. Do you?

      It goes way beyond caring about the community. They go out of their way to humiliate people in public meetings. They make enemies. They are NIMBYs. That's bad business, because people who make the mistake of talking to them the first time won't do it again.

      The same person has been in charge of the civic group for more than 20 years...no term limits. That's all about personal power, not about anything else. Time for some fresh blood...someone under 65, maybe.
    • It will just be terrible, said Ruth Hayes, Nora-Northside Community Council president. Next to the library, it's our community center.

      This is why thundermutt's comments are justified. What is Nora except a retail area with nearby subdivisions who want to keep their portion of the busy commercial cooridor pretty? Yes, they benefit from such amenities as a library, but I ask you, where is the community? It's a sad state of affairs to claim the post office as your gathering place. That's your public space?

      Is is a shock to think of a post office being eliminated in a highly populated area of a major city. It's something one takes for granted, and perhaps, now, it's a sign of the times.
    • It's a bad location (but magnitudes better than the last pickup box literally across the street from the Lucas Oil Stadium). I guess if you live in Nora you know where it is, but when I went looking, I had to have eagle eyes to spot the sign.

      Stinks for the people in Nora, though.
    • NIMBY and Target's liquor
      Don't forget that Ruth Hayes and her tiny pack of busybodies tried to prevent Target from having a small liquor section because it wasn't appropriate for a family store. What is Marsh, a brothel? Hayes represents few and annoys many.
    • Hayes and the USPS
      Does it reveal enough about Ruth Hayes that she considers the Post Office a community center?

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