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Landis Market Hopes For Post Office Return

SANATOGA PA – If the management team of Landis Supermarket Inc. has its way, grocery shoppers and Lower Pottsgrove residents alike will again have a post office to call their own … but that’s a big “if,” company Vice President Scott Landis admitted Tuesday (Jan. 5, 2016).

The Telford PA-based supermarket chain is working to re-open the former Sanatoga Thriftway, 2190 E. High St., later this spring as its fifth retail location. Contractors are in the store almost daily basis to sand, paint, fix and otherwise prep it for a grand launch sometime during March or April.

The company would like little better than to bring the former contracted postal facility, once located just inside the building’s front doors, back to Sanatoga, Landis said. “We’ve talked with the Postal Service already, and we’ve expressed our interest,” he noted. “It’s definitely our intent.”

The post office closed when Thriftway did. Lower Pottsgrove residents, who for decades enjoyed the convenience of having a post office nearby in one form or another, have since been forced to use the slightly more distant services in Pottstown and Limerick.

Landis wants to avoid raising public hopes too high. He noted the decision ultimately will be made by postal service officials.

It will take time, too. An internal Postal Service evaluation reviews how much business the former postal unit did, the revenue it generated, and whether it can sustain that business in the future, USPS corporate communications officer Ray V. Daiutolo Sr. told The Post last August. “There’s a protocol to work though,” Landis acknowledged.

The company is convinced returning the postal unit to the newest Landis Market would be good for both it and the trading area it serves. “We know it was a positive in the community. We certainly hope to bring it back,” the vice president added.

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