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Last Dutch traditional post office to be phased out

Major operation took two years

Tags: Excerpts from the Windmill

UTRECHT - The last traditional post office in the Netherlands, on the Neude in Utrecht, will shut its doors for good on October 28. Between now and then, the remaining 13 other facilities will have been phased out as well.

The decision to close all 250 post offices was announced in 2009.

Postkantoren, the joint venture of financial group ING and TNT Post, which operated the post offices, reports that on average 2.5 postal sales outlets have replaced each phased out traditional post office.

The Netherlands now is serviced by about 2,400 service points in supermarkets and shops where people can buy stamps and drop off parcels.