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.
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.
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.