It's finally official, Eastern Carolina mail will soon head to Fayetteville to be processed.
The U.S. Postal Service says they have begun the process of notifying employees at the Kinston mail processing plant that it will be closing. The Postal Service announced in 2011 that the downtown facility would be shutting down, but then put those plans on hold for more study.
Monday the Postal Service told WITN that mail processing will move out of Kinston during the next two months. Spokeswoman Monica Robbs says they do not yet have a final date when all mail will be out of the building, but they will continue to move the mail to the Fayetteville facility over the next few weeks.
Robbs says there are currently 87 employees at the Kinston processing center, but some of those are expected to retire at the end of January.
She says right now the facility will remain a hub for mail processing, where trucks would offload and transfer mail going to other locations. Robbs says a skeleton crew would be needed for that operation.
The other Eastern Carolina mail processing center in Rocky Mount is scheduled to close sometime next year.