Post Office opens at former Kmart in Minneapolis, replacing 2 destroyed in riots

The temporary location will service south Minneapolis until the two that were destroyed can be replaced.
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has opened a temporary Post Office in the former Kmart in South Minneapolis after two Post Offices in the community were destroyed during the riots in late May

This new full-service facility at 10 W Lake St. in Minneapolis opened Monday, bringing USPS services back to the area after months of planning with the City of Minneapolis, which owns the former Kmart building.

“I am very happy to be bringing Postal Services back [to] the South Minneapolis community,” Postmaster William Jones said in a news release. “Our employees are equally excited to occupy this location which is closer to their routes and customers.”

This new facility will temporarily replace the two postal stations – Lake Street (110 E 31st St.) and Minnehaha (3033 27th Ave. S) – that were destroyed by arson fires between May 28-30. USPS said the buildings sustained "unrepairable damages" in the unrest that followed George Floyd's May 25 death. 

The facility will be open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, featuring full retail for people's shipping and mailing needs. 

It will also house P.O. Boxes that were originally at the Lake Street and Minnehaha locations (those with boxes should see a window clerk with a photo ID to claim their keys). 

And any mail USPS held for Lake Street and Minnehaha customers will also be transferred to the new facility. 

USPS is still exploring more permanent options to replace the locations that were destroyed, the release said. 

According to the Star Tribune, the temporary Post Office will be in place for up to two years, with the city receiving about $30,000 in rent per month from USPS.

This means that the demolition of the controversial Kmart building, which the City of Minneapolis planned to do at the end of 2020, is pushed back for at least two years. Some residents for years have called for the building to be torn down because it cuts off Nicollet Avenue south of Eat Street. 

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