Aleris Morales and Sukhi Nijjar say they’re thrilled the post office on Amador Street was damaged in the recent earthquake.
Well, not exactly, but with more than 50 years between them at the United States Postal Service – most of it at Vallejo’s Station A on Amador Street – their new digs on Marin and Virginia streets are “luxurious” by comparison, they said.
The two women said they couldn’t be happier with the new digs, which opened Monday after fairly extensive remodeling.
“I like this place much better than the other one,” Morales said. “I’m so grateful God had mercy on us and opened this door.”
The fate of the Amador Street post office has been in question for several years, with the postal service considering closing it or consolidating it with another office. Issues have also arisen with the owners of that property, who have expressed dissatisfaction with the postal service’s standard practice of requiring property owners to be responsible for maintenance and repairs.
Then, the magnitude 6.0 South Napa earthquake struck in the wee hours of the morning on Aug. 24, and damaged the Amador Street post office so badly it couldn’t be used. The main Vallejo post office branch on Santa Clara Street was also damaged and temporarily closed.
An arrangement was made with Ken Ingersoll, who owns the building at 629 Marin St. – the former Mr. Ric’s menswear store – to open a temporary post office location there.