Date
30 April 2017
The post office at The Center office tower has been found unviable due to high rent and other costs. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ
The post office at The Center office tower has been found unviable due to high rent and other costs. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ

Hongkong Post to shut Queen’s Road facility to cut losses

Postal authorities have decided to shut an outlet located along Queen’s Road in the Central and Western District as it was felt the facility was unviable. 

According to Hongkong Post, the post office located on the first floor of The Center, a grade-A office tower developed by a Li Ka-shing company on Queen’s Road Central, will be shut in October.

The decision was made after the postal facility recorded a deficit for 2016, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Hongkong Post was quoted as saying that it had informed the Central and Western District Council’s Culture, Leisure & Social Affairs Committee of the decision to close the post office. 

The decision came after an audit report expressed doubts about the financial viability of the facility and suggested that the postal department put its resources to better use.

Hongkong Post said the losses at the post office in question were projected to swell due to rising rent and other costs.

Currently there are seven post offices in the Central and Western District. The Queen’s Road Post Office commenced operation in 1976, and it moved to the existing address in 2004.

According to Sing Tao Daily, the post office did not manage to go into profit despite shortening its operational hours in a cost-cutting move.

The office is said to handle around 2,000 customers every day through ten service counters. A bulk of its business comprises PayThruPost orders.

A Hongkong Post spokesperson was quoted as saying that there are sufficient numbers of ATMs and convenience stores to take care of bill payments services in the area after the post office closes in October.

The spokesperson added that customers can turn to the General Post Office, Sheung Wan Post Office, or Wyndham Street Post Office, for other services after closure of The Center facility. 

He also pointed out that there are street post boxes along Des Voeux Road, Gilman Street, Wellington Street, and Queen’s Road Central for people to drop off their mail.

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