THE UPS STORE HOSTS FREE
$10,000 Discount for Qualified Attendees
SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2010 – Throughout May, The UPS Store ® will be hosting free franchise-opportunities seminars nationwide for individuals interested in joining the nation’s largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal, printing and business services centers. Those who attend a seminar and are qualified as a franchisee will receive a $10,000 discount on the $29,950 initial franchise fee for opening a new franchise location.
“We have pioneered and led our industry for more than 30 years,” said Tom Crockett, vice president of sales and marketing for Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE), franchisor of The UPS Store. “Our franchise opportunities seminars help individuals more thoroughly assess the opportunity of becoming their own boss.”
“My wife and I were looking for a business opportunity soon after I retired,” said Brad Lorton, who attended a seminar in 2009. “While we had talked over the phone with a The UPS Store contact, it was important for us to meet face-to-face and ask questions. The UPS Store staff provided information on how the business operated and showed us the professionalism of the company and brand.”
In October of 2009, Brad and his wife, Bernadett, opened their The UPS Store location in Georgia. Nearly seven months later, the Lortons are realizing their dream of running their own business.
“We feel strongly that we made the right decision,” adds Lorton. “Like anything that's worth having, there's considerable work and thought that has to go into it, but the encouragement comes from watching the business grow and seeing customers return again and again.
In 2010, Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500,” a ranking of franchise opportunities based on factors such as financial strength, growth rate and size, rated The UPS Store franchise opportunity #1 in the postal and business services category for the 20th consecutive year.* Additionally, for the second year in a row, City Business Journals Network ranked The UPS Store network as the top retail brand in their seventh annual American Brand Excellence Awards.
More information on the $10,000 incentive and a listing of upcoming seminars and franchise expos are available on the “Upcoming Events” page of The UPS Store website.
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In addition to domestic and international shipping, The UPS Store offers full-service packaging; digital and online printing; black-and-white and color copies; document finishing (binding, laminating, etc.); printing services (business cards, letterhead, rubber stamps, etc.); notary; custom crating and shipping for large items (furniture, artwork, motorcycles, etc.); mailbox and postal services; office and packaging supplies; and more.
*1990 – 2003 listed under Mail Boxes Etc.
About The UPS Store
With approximately 4,800 locations, The UPS Store ® and Mail Boxes Etc. ® network comprises the world’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In the United States, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary.