Jim Christopher likes his new surroundings.
“In the building we came out of, the General Services Building, we basically were surrounded by cinder block, with no windows,” he said.
Christopher is manager of mail services at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. In the spring of last year, he and his team of four full-time mail carriers, one full-time courier and two part-time staffers moved from the General Services Building to a new location – a building that used to house a QuikTrip convenience store. The building is located on North Campus at 8230 Florissant Road, just east of the Mark Twain Athletics & Fitness Center. (See map below.)
In addition to moving the campus mail operation, the university opened a U.S. Postal Service contract postal unit at the new location in March. The university also renamed what was the Office of Mail Services. The department is now UMSL Postal Services.
The contract postal unit is open to the public. The new service sells stamps, ships packages and offers overnight delivery. (UMSL Postal Services does not offer money orders and post office boxes and cannot accept personal checks.)
Christopher said the addition of a post office allows the university to provide additional services to students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities.
“Also, we added revenue to our operation without adding people,” Christopher said.
UMSL Postal Services is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.