What are the criteria for The UPS Store® rural franchise program?
We use characteristics such as population size and population density of a geographic area to determine if a market will be considered rural under our franchise offering. Read on to learn more about our commitment to providing exceptional business and printing services to rural markets.
Thank you for your interest in exploring rural franchise opportunities with The UPS Store®!
Rural areas are known for their small-town feel and everyone-knows-everyone culture, making them an excellent market for a The UPS Store® center. At The UPS Store®, our franchise owners pride themselves on building genuine connections with the local communities they serve – regardless of population size. So, if you’re looking to pursue a rural area business opportunity, The UPS Store® might be a great choice for you.
Here are just a few of the benefits of opening a rural franchise with The UPS Store®:
Rural markets are often underserved
Consumers and small business owners in rural markets typically have fewer services available to them than their counterparts living in larger, more urban markets. This is especially true for the kind of business services offered at The UPS Store centers. For business owners in rural markets, simple tasks like shipping packages and printing marketing collateral might require a trip “into town.” When you open a rural franchise location, you set yourself up to act as a one-stop shop for consumers’ and small business owners’ needs in the market.
In larger urban markets, consumers typically have a lot more options on which businesses to frequent. Sometimes, even being the best option in an urban market doesn’t guarantee business. Consumers might go with a competitor simply because it’s closer to their home or place of work. In rural markets, every business located in the market is nearby, and there are a lot less of them, which likely means less competition to you.
Deeper connections in the community.
Whether it's their friendly nature or lack of other options, rural customers tend to be very supportive of businesses in their community and of the people who own them. Customers are happy to have the business conveniently in their community, and local governments can be very accommodating and supportive in order to attract and retain businesses located in and serving their small community.
Our criteria for rural franchises
The UPS Store® looks at a variety of market characteristics, such as population size and population density, to determine whether a location will be considered a rural franchise. To find out if your desired market meets our rural franchise criteria, fill out a franchise application and set up an appointment to meet with one of our representatives. During that appointment, our representative will go over more of the details of our rural franchise program. Once a proposed site has been identified, our representative will then work with our real estate department to determine if that site meets our rural franchise program criteria.
Request more information about franchise rural area business opportunities
Please complete the Information Request form above, and one of our business development managers will reach out to schedule a time to speak with you about our rural franchise program.
Want to learn more?
Find out more about franchising with The UPS Store, Inc. by checking out our available franchise locations; or by learning more about the different types of franchise opportunities and programs we have available.