Old Greenwich Post Office Branch to Close and Relocate to Smaller Space

The Old Greenwich Post Office

The Old Greenwich Post Office is conveniently located at 36 Arcadia between a residential neighborhood and Kings Market, and adjacent to the OG train station. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Old Greenwich Post will close, and retail operations moved to an alternate, smaller site in Old Greenwich, according to multiple sources. The move, which represents a US Postal Service cost-cutting measure, is part of a pattern across town.

The 36 Arcadia Road post office branch is located between a residential neighborhood and Kings Market, and is adjacent to the Old Greenwich train station, which is also undergoing major changes.

Old Greenwich train station

Construction at the Old Greenwich train station in progress on June 5. Credit: Leslie Yager

RH

The former Post Office building on Greenwich Avenue was completed in 1917 and was recently sold to Peter Malkin who renovated it. It is currently home to RH. Contributed photo

The move follows the sale and renovation of the historic post office on Greenwich Avenue, now home to RH (formerly Restoration Hardware).

The transformation was set in motion by Anthony Malkin and his father Peter Malkin. Mr. Malkin purchased the Post Office building from the Federal government and then worked with Restoration Hardware, within the requirements of a preservation covenant, to restore the building to its former grandeur and transform it into a showcase for RH. The Greenwich Post Office, completed in 1917, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Greenwich Avenue retail operation was moved to rented space in the former Choice Pet building on Amogerone Crossway.

Glenville Post office rendering

Rendering of the proposed renovation to the “Post Office” building at 25 Glen Ridge Rd presented by Rudy Ridberg to the ARC on Sept. 3, 2014. Credit: Leslie Yager

Also, in Glenville, the Post Office’s lease expired and after months of limbo, residents learned the US Postal Service would find a way to stay. The freestanding brick building in the Stop & Shop parking lot on Glen Ridge Rd, owned by Guy Sutton, will undergo a major renovation. The plan is to renovate the building to allow for four retail storefronts, which will be oriented to the south. Architect Rudy Ridberg announced last fall that Glenville Post Office had agreed to stay in the building, which is good news for longtime customers of the Post Office. “Instead of taking the whole 4,000 sq ft building, they’re going to take a portion of the building,” Ridberg said of the Glenville post office.

See also:

Glenville Post Office to Stay Put at Glen Ridge Shopping Plaza, Renovation Proceeds

Renovation of Greenwich Post Office Receives Award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation


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  • Jean

    Ugh. It’s not closing post offices that this town needs, it’s getting new employees and better management that is required. I haven’t been to the OG post office, but the folks in Cos Cob are the best. Too bad they can’t be replicated in Glenville and Valley Road. Those are the most inefficient post offices of all times. Greenwich Ave, and now its new incarnation, is not far behind. Employees are surly (except for Kim at Valley Road, but she’s not the most efficient either), and they often leave me wondering whether their uniforms are somehow cutting off blood supply to their brains. I’ve seen customers there lose it multiple times, sent into rages by the sheer stupidity and long lines. I myself have nearly popped a vein when told that the stamp machine I lost my money in (to avoid a line out the door at the counter) was broken, not spitting out the postage people purchased. But not just broken, “Yeah, the machine hasn’t been working for a week.” I suggested a sign on the machine stating it was out of order would be helpful, and was told, “I guess so.” Huh? Really, keep the post offices open in smaller spaces, but get new people and managers.