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The UPS Store

2014 Franchise 500
#22
At a Glance

Products & Services: Postal, business and communications services

Number of Locations: 4,776

Total Investment: $148.7K - $347.2K

Founded: 1980

Began Franchising: 1980

About The UPS Store

The first Mail Boxes Etc. store was opened in Carlsbad, California by Gerald Aul, Pat Senn and Robert Diaz, who designed it as an alternative to the U.S. Postal Service. In 2001, Mail Boxes Etc. became a subsidiary of UPS and began re-branding as The UPS Store in 2003. The UPS Store locations provide packaging, shipping, copy and print services, mailbox services, computer time rentals and more for small businesses and individuals. Franchises are located throughout the United States and in Canada.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 4,411 365 0 0
2012 4,342 356 0 0
2011 4,357 350 0 0
2010 4,390 351 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $148,734 - $347,241
Franchise Fee: $29,950
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $150,000
Liquid Cash Available: $60,000
Operations
33% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 - 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed..
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 weeks. Ongoing support
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Local store marketing

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #22 (2014), #32 (2013), #37 (2012), #46 (2011), #20 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #71 (2014),
America's Top Global: #48 (2013), #34 (2012), #16 (2010),