A Leesburg shipping center and postal supplies store will be closing for good at month’s end.
The Mail Stop, which current owner Michele Depue says has been in operation at its Edwards Ferry Road location for at least 20 years, will cease operations at close of business June 30. Depue, who purchased the business along with her husband in 2008, pointed to rising rental costs and the proliferation of Internet sales as the main reasons for the closure.
When Depue and her husband purchased The Mail Stop, plans were for her husband to run the store, along with another online business. He died just four months after the purchase, leaving Depue to run the store on her own. And she has done so since then, but decided that with the business loan paid off and no desire to sign a lease extension that would have commanded a higher rate it was time to look for a new start. Depue said she tried to sell the business but could not find any buyers.
In addition to packing and shipping services and supplies, The Mail Stop offers notary services, document shredding, mailbox rentals and even sold lottery tickets for a while. With two of her three children out of the house, Depue is planning a move to Florida to be closer to family after the store closes.
With word of the closing spreading amongst loyal customers, Depue said she has had many tell her how much they will miss the store.
“My repeat customers have always been very wonderful. They’re very loyal and appreciate the extra mile I always go to make sure their packages get to where they’re going,” Depue said.
For those wanting to catch Depue and The Mail Stop before it closes, the shop is located at 932 Edwards Ferry Road NE in the Shenandoah Square shopping center.