WATFORD CITY-Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps the post office from doing its job, but now residents in Watford City have a brand new spot to pick up their packages and letters.
On Sept. 25, the Watford City Post Office opened for business at its new location, 1204 4th Ave. NE. The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, which was near the downtown area, and is complete with two retail counters and P.O. boxes available to rent.
The new location provides more parking space for customers and capacity for 10 postal carrier routes. The 9,000-square-foot building houses nearly 3,000 P.O. boxes and 16 sections of parcel lockers.
"The new office is meeting the needs of the United States Postal Service customers living in the Watford City community," Darla Swanson, with the U.S. Postal Service, said in an email to The Press.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said the expanded facility will help Watford City and the postal service. The new location was announced in 2016.
"Watford City's expanded postal facility will help to meet the needs of the community and provide better service for residents and businesses now and into the future," Hoeven said in a press release in September.
Debra Brost, the manager of post office operations for part of western North Dakota, said the increased space is a benefit.
"It's wonderful," she said. "It has so much more room than the old one, so we can provide much better service to our customers. They have better access and better parking."
Brost added that the new facility has also been a plus for staff.
"I think it's been going really well," Brost said. "... We've gotten really good feedback from the public on the new facility so I'm really happy about that. There's much more work for our team in the back, so it was a good move for us."
Brost said there is also a contract postal unit inside Cashwise in Watford City, which allows customers a second location to send off mail during the day.