Alabama Power announced last week that it will close its Blountsville office Aug. 2. The company currently has 86 offices statewide, but will close 40 of them this summer. Other nearby offices affected include Gardendale, Ashville, Attalla, and Leeds.
Two employees currently work in the Blountsville office. “Our intent is to work with all affected employees and provide them as many options as possible to manage their careers. Examples include repositioning to other offices and new opportunities where they can use their skill sets or gain additional experience,” according to the company’s response to a question about prospects for those affected by the closure.
“Our priority is making sure we provide the best experience for our customers, and their preferences are changing toward doing business electronically and through authorized payment locations. We are better positioning our operation to meet these needs by combining selected business offices and appliance centers across our service territory. Alabama Power will continue its commitment to communities and work to ensure economic/business/community development opportunities throughout our territory,” said Alabama Power spokesperson Jacki Lowry.
For those who wish to continue to pay power bills in person, Dollar General in Blountsville is an authorized payment location for Alabama Power, as are other Dollar General stores, CVS, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart locations statewide. More and more customers are paying their bills and managing their accounts online, the company said. Autopay arrangements can also be set up online, it said.
Alabama Power employs 6,650 people statewide. It did not provide information on the number of jobs eliminated by the closing of 40 offices this summer.