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Indian Land finally has a post office of its own

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By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – A new post office in Indian Land is making life a little easier for Panhandle residents.

Located inside the Panhandle Food Store and Citgo gas station at 9775 Charlotte Highway, the contract post office officially opened Feb. 10.

The post office, which is fully operational, features almost everything a full-service post office offers, allowing customers to mail parcels and buy stamps and money orders. The only feature it will not have are post office boxes.

Janice Slagle, who owns the store with her husband, Paul, said the whole process happened quickly.

Slagle was approached last fall by Sherri Morrow, retail coordinator with the U.S. Postal Service in Charlotte, who suggested their store would be a perfect location for a contract post office.

Slagle submitted a bid and learned soon after the store had won the contract. “We were fortunate enough to be chosen for it,” Slagle said. “It’s great for the community and it’s a great draw for my business.”   

She expects the addition will attract more people and said many people have stopped by already, enticed by the large banner she’s hung outside her store advertising the new post office.

“A lot of people say they are really glad they don’t have to go to Fort Mill anymore,” she said. “I hope a lot more people in the community stop by.”

State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, said the original intention was to get a post office at the same time Indian Land was issued its ZIP code,  29707, about 18 months ago.

Indian Land used to share a ZIP code – 29715 – with Fort Mill residents in neighboring York County, but it was often a source of confusion.

Local officials and some residents lobbied to get Indian Land a ZIP code of its own. They argued it was needed to help identify the growing community, which some newcomers don’t always realize is not part of Fort Mill or York County.

“We’ve been waiting to get a post office for a long time,” Mulvaney said. “I’m very excited about it. It’s nice to go to an old-fashioned post office, but for convenience it will be great to have something closer.”

The new post office is still a subsidiary of the Fort Mill post office, however.

Convenience

Debbie Wasylink, postmaster for the Fort Mill post office, said there has been much anticipation for the new location, especially since it’s the first post office to open in the Indian Land area.

She expects the location will become more popular once people discover where it is.

“It affords people in that area the opportunity to have something local,” Wasylink said. “This is going to fill the need in the area.”

Wasylink, a 20-year employee with U.S. Postal Service, said because of rapid growth in the area, the Fort Mill post office has added six postal routes, bringing the total to 41 rural routes and five city routes in Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Indian Land.

“This area is larger and there’s a lot more growth,” she said. “Everyone wants to move down here where it’s nice and warm.”

The new post office is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mail is picked up those days at 4:30 p.m. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416