May 6, 2024 - News

Holly Springs' post office woes

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The Holly Springs post office is in dire need of upgrades to serve one of the fastest-growing towns in the state, a delegation of elected officials in Wake County say.

Why it matters: Holly Springs has seen rapid population growth in the past decade, growing by 86.3% since 2010 to around 46,000 residents.

  • It's become one of the most prominent suburbs of Raleigh and is attracting large employers like Fujifilm Diosynth, a biotech company that's planning to add more than 1,000 local jobs.

Yes, but: Elected officials say its postal infrastructure has not kept up with the growth.

  • The existing post office was built in 1991, when Holly Springs had 908 residents, according to the area's Congressional Rep. Wiley Nickel.

What they're saying: "The existing facility is struggling to meet the needs of our residents, resulting in long queues, frustrating wait times, and additional travel to neighboring towns for postal services," Nickel wrote in a recent letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

  • Nickel added that limited service hours and a lack of a self-serve kiosk means "many residents, including professionals working in the Triangle Area and single parents with daytime commitments, are unable to access postal services."
  • In his letter, Nickel invited DeJoy, a Greensboro resident, to visit Holly Springs to hear the concerns of residents directly.

Flashback: Last year, the post office started delivering mail directly to businesses in Research Triangle Park for the first time, after lobbying from congressional representatives.

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