Four Portland metro area Post Office locations and the Salem Main Post Office will offer retail services on the two Sundays prior to the Christmas Day holiday for customers’ convenience, United States Postal Service officials announced today. Full retail services including package mailing and postage sales will be available on Sunday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the following locations during the hours indicated:

„hƒnPortland Main Post Office, 715 NW Hoyt St.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

„hƒnBeaverton Main Post Office, 4550 SW Betts Ave.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

„hƒnGresham Post Office, 103 W. Powell Blvd.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

„hƒnVancouver, WA, Main Post Office, 2700 Caples Ave.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

„hƒnSalem Main Post Office, 1050 25th St. SE: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, the Vancouver Main Post Office will offer extended Saturday retail hours - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 14. The Salem Main Post Office, which normally does not offer Saturday retail hours -- will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those two Saturdays. All other Post Office locations will be open during regular hours, which may be looked up online at <>.

Holiday shipping tips and suggested mailing dates, along with other information, are available online at <>. Postal officials encourage customers to ship their gifts and greetings as early as possible to avoid the rush that culminates with the busiest mailing day of the year on Monday, Dec. 16.