Rushville Republican

April 1, 2013

VPO opens in Carthage

The Associated Press

RUSHVILLE — Settled in 1821, Carthage is a small town in Rush County along the Big Blue River.

The original settlers were Quakers who became Abolitionists, and, as a result there are several Underground Railroad sites around the town.

Thursday, the 37th Village Post Office in the Greater Indiana District opened at Pavey’s Grocery, 12 N. Main Street, Carthage.

John Pavey and two of his brothers own seven grocery stores in the area including the Carthage location.

“We started out as a country store, and have found a niche in small, rural towns,” Pavey said. “We’re more than a convenience store, we offer fresh produce, meat and milk, and we’ve also set up gas pumps at each of our locations.”

Pavey said they decided to partner with the Postal Service as a way to offer an additional service and convenience to their customers.

“We’ve always sold stamps, and now our customers can pick up a book of stamps, or get some Priority Mail boxes after the Post Office has closed for the day,” he said.

The store is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Pavey said he was looking at the idea of opening more VPOs at his other locations.

In 2011, the Postal Service introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services, especially in rural communities.

VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service and offer a range of popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.

- Rushville Republican