The U.S Postal Service, which has been steadily losing business because of the Internet, is closing three postal stations in Philadelphia.

Closing on April 22 are:

- Adams Avenue (821 Adams Avenue 19124)

- Girard Avenue (905 N. Broad Street 19123)

- Wissinoming (5916 Torresdale Ave 19135)

The USPS said the decision to close the three stations followed a study conducted last year.

"Given the extraordinary decline in mail volume - a decline of nearly 26 billion pieces this past year alone - we must take action to reduce the size of our retail and delivery network," James J. Gallagher, Philadelphia Metropolitan District Manager, said in a statement.

"By consolidating, streamlining and adjusting our operations, the Postal Service becomes a more efficient and effective organization," he said.

The postal service said customers who now use those post offices can shift to the Frankford Station, 4410 Paul St., 19124; Fairmount Station, 1939 Fairmount Ave., 19130; and Tacony Station, 4620 Longshore Ave., 19135.

Customers also can purchase stamps and shipping labels and request free package pickup at the Postal Service's website, www.usps.com.