Canada Post is not planning to change the Merritt post office’s hours of operation.

After announcing its intention to reconfigure the Merritt post office to a postal service centre — which would have reduced the number of counter stations from two to one and moved all product on display in the front of the store to behind the lone counter — the Crown corporation has decided not to go ahead with those changes, Canada Post spokesperson John Caines told the Herald.

The new configuration was also expected to equip the local post office with new parcel compartment boxes set up inside the post office. At this time, no changes will be made to Canada Post’s location in Merritt, Caines said.

In a letter to the editor that appeared in the Tuesday, July 29 edition of the Merritt Herald, former Canadian Union of Postal Workers president for the Kamloops area Bob Mitchell wrote the one change that would go into effect was a change to the post office’s opening hour from the current 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

However, Caines said the post office will not change from its current hours of operation at this time.

Caines said Canada Post reviewed the Merritt post office.

“We review everything on its merit and we decided that at this time we’re not going to go ahead with it,” Caines said.

In a letter sent to Merritt city council back in May, Canada Post officer for delivery operations communications Tom Creech stated the Crown corporation expected to be operational in Merritt under the new configuration “within the next couple of months.”

He also stated in the letter that “this new post office configuration will allow us to maintain service to customers while operating more efficiently.”

Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier told the Herald there was “no particular reason” the company decided to forego changes to the local post office.

“This was a business decision to not make those changes at this time and that’s pretty much what it is,” Losier said.

“It’s not one, single reason that says ‘OK, we’re not going to do this right now,’” Losier said. “It’s not a simple explanation.”

She said Canada Post has a business case file for every post office pertaining to items such as traffic, hours of operation, volumes and revenues. She also said that information isn’t something Canada Post is willing to share publicly.

Caines said the decision not to reconfigure the Merritt post office is an internal matter.

“We’ve decided not to go ahead with it, so that’s all we’re going to say about it,” Caines said.

“We look at our whole network and we continue to, and some changes we propose we follow through on, some changes we don’t. We decided not to follow through on this one right now.”

Kamloops area CUPW president Lara Plummer said she isn’t sure why Canada Post has backtracked on its plans to make changes to the Merritt post office. She said the company didn’t provide the union with a reason for deciding not to reconfigure.

She said the company told her it was doing a review of the Merritt post office and then made the decision not to move ahead with reconfiguration to a postal service centre.

Caines said it’s “hard to say” if Canada Post will consider making these changes in Merritt in the future, but as of now, no changes will be coming to the Merritt post office.