BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- With friends, associates and local business leaders on hand to celebrate the occasion, franchise owner Walter Pardo cut the ribbon late Thursday afternoon to launch the official opening of the Postal Annex in the Dewy Meadow Village shopping center.

Postal Annex previously had a store in another part of the same shopping center, but the new Postal Annex location is more spacious, more visible and more convenient to the entrance of Dewy Meadow Village.

Raffle prizes were contributed by other businesses in the Dewy Meadow Village shopping center, including  O’Bagel, Burger Que, Cafe Figaro Pizza, Foxy Nail Salon and the MAX Challenge. There were also raffle prizes contributed by AT & T and Target.

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The Postal Annex can accept or send packages from the major carriers, including USPS, UPS, DHL and FedEx. Mailbox holders therefore can receive packages from all of the carriers to their box. They are not limited to just USPS delivery like the regular post office boxes.

Customers have the option to buy insurance for drop-off packages, as well. Packing supplies are available for purchase. Renewal passport services are available, including Swift for expedited services.

Fieldprint is available at Postal Annex for finger printing, background checks and i9s. Notary services also are available.

Postal Annex also offers services such as printing, laminating and binding services. Postal Annex also can provide bulk print jobs if given sufficient advance notice.

Postal Annex is the "home office" for many small business owners. The new location is at 403 King George Road, Suite 105 in Basking Ridge. Call (908) 647-7744 or email pa5028@postalannex.com. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.