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The UPS Store Franchise Costs

We know that franchising is a significant investment – both in time and money – and franchise costs can be a significant factor when finding the right franchise opportunity for you. That’s why The UPS Store offers financing options for our franchisees and special programs for veterans and non-traditional locations.

Here’s what you need to know about franchise costs with The UPS Store.

How Much Does It Cost to Open a The UPS Store franchise?

The storefront of a The UPS Store

The UPS Store offers a variety of location-types to fit the needs of our franchise owners. Startup franchise costs vary based on the type of center you’re looking for, the size of the location and where the center is located.

  • Traditional Locations: $247,306- $476,993*
  • Rural Locations: $218,148 - $419,226*
  • Store in Store Locations: $101,818 - $310,779*+
*Subject to change. See Franchise Disclosure Document for Current Amounts.
+Based on the store in store without an exterior entrance model.



Why are Franchise Fees Lower for Rural Locations?

The UPS Store centers in rural areas are typically less expensive than traditional locations in larger metro areas. But, it’s not because rural locations are a lesser opportunity, it’s quite the opposite. Rural locations offer The UPS Store owners more options for finding a perfect location, less competition from area businesses and the opportunity to build strong relationships with tight-knit communities.

The main reason rural The UPS Store are more affordable is that it’s typically cheaper to run a business in smaller-populated areas than in larger cities. Real estate is usually cheaper, meaning you can get more square footage for your dollar. And, utilities are also less expensive, meaning you pay less to keep your business running.

What are Store in Store Locations?

A store in store location is a freestanding The UPS Store set up in another business. When we first launched the store within a store concept in the 1980s, these locations were mainly found in businesses like hotels and convention centers. However, we updated the concept in 2016 to include smaller businesses like pharmacies and hardware stores.

If you already own a business and are interested in adding a The UPS Store location to bring additional services to your existing customers and/or bring in a whole new set of consumers, click here to learn more about our non-traditional franchise opportunities.

What are the Financial Requirements for The UPS Store Franchisees?

The UPS Store requires prospective franchisees to have at least $75,000 in liquid assets. This can be met through any combination of cash, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, retirement accounts or other non-borrowed source. A co-applicant may assist in meeting this requirement and financing is available.

What Financing Options Does The UPS Store Offer to Help with Franchise Costs?

The UPS Store offers a variety financing options to help ensure that every franchisee within our growing network starts off their journey on the right track – including special financing programs for veterans and non-traditional locations.

Learn more about financing options and get started with your journey to becoming a franchise owner with an innovative pre-qualification tool from Guidant Financial.

What Do I Get When I Invest in The UPS Store?

When you invest in a The UPS Store franchise, you’re purchasing a lot more than a brick-and-mortar location. You also get the support, name recognition and reputation of The UPS Store.

  • Ongoing Support: At The UPS Store, we provide support from day one that continues throughout the relationship. This includes a comprehensive training program, advertising and marketing campaigns and a network of knowledgeable and dedicated franchisees.
  • Name recognition: The UPS Store has been in the franchising game for over four decades now and has a substantial footprint of 5,100 franchise locations.
  • Reputation: The UPS Store is in the top five for best franchise system in the country, according to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2023 Franchise 500 list; and, we’re the top brand in the postal, printing, communications and business services category.

For more information about franchise costs and financing options, contact our Franchise Development Team today.

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We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $15,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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Ranked for over 30 Consecutive Years

The UPS Store has been ranked #1 in the postal and business services category for over 30 years and remains in the top 5 overall for the seventh consecutive year according to the Franchise 500 list.

Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.