Franchising Opportunities at The UPS Store
With more than 35 years of franchising experience, The UPS Store has provided thousands of owners the opportunity to become their own boss. In our network of more than 4,600 locations in the United States, you'll find franchise owners from all walks of life, everyone from young entrepreneurs to white-collar professionals to corporate leaders have chosen The UPS Store Franchise to advance their financial and personal success.
Each of our franchise owners has a story – some are experienced business owners, some are new to entrepreneurship. We have owners from small towns, large cities and everything in between. They’re retirees, veterans, minorities, women and, most importantly, they’re local business owners committed to providing exceptional customer service to small businesses and personal consumers in their communities.
One of our multi-location owners, Rick Hildebrandt, had his franchising story featured in Entrepreneur magazine. Hildebrandt left a lucrative but hectic career as president of a $10.5 billion company in the telecommunication industry to open his first The UPS Store in 2009. Over the next five years, he and his wife opened two more locations including one of The UPS Store's first 3-D print stores.
What appealed to Hildebrandt about franchise opportunities with The UPS Store was the flexibility to tailor his business to his experience and passions while being able to work within an established brand.
“I was immediately drawn to the identifiable UPS shield; the brand strength was a definitely a factor. I wanted to incorporate technology into whatever we chose so that I could use my experience to help small business owners – something I’m really passionate about. Without the franchise relationship, I don’t think we would have the technology and hardware we do with The UPS Store.” - Rick Hildebrandt
If you’re ready to start your own journey with The UPS Store, here’s a look at the franchising opportunities we offer.
Our traditional centers focus on bringing reliable shipping and delivery services to small businesses and consumers every day. The UPS Store also allows – and encourages – our owners to grow their business’ footprint in other communities with multi-unit ownership opportunities. In fact, more than half of The UPS Store franchisees own more than one center to bring world-class postal, shipping and delivery services to multiple communities.
Learn more about our traditional centers’ commitment to postal, shipping and delivery services.
If you’re interested in setting up shop in a smaller city, The UPS Store has excellent franchising opportunities in rural locations. The UPS Store wants to make sure that small business owners and local consumers in small towns have access to the same resources that you can find in large cities. And, due to lower costs of living and doing business, start-up costs for The UPS Store's rural locations are often lower than traditional centers in larger metro areas.
Learn more about rural market opportunities.
The UPS Store launched the Store-in-Store model in the 1980s to allow franchise owners to establish centers located within other businesses like hotels, convention centers, grocery stores and self-storage facilities. In 2016, we expanded the model to allow owners to open smaller centers in businesses like pharmacies and hardware stores.
One of the outcomes of this more flexible model was a drastic reduction in the cost of opening a center – sometimes by as much as 83 percent. In 2017, Store-in-Store centers accounted for about 10 percent of new units.
Learn more about Store-in-Store centers.
Between the shipments of food from mom and dad, ordering books and standard online shopping, handling mail and packages at large college campuses can be as complex as managing the postal needs of a small city. Administrators at Arizona State University recognized that mailroom management was outside their capabilities and turned to The UPS Store for help.
The UPS Store set up two non-traditional centers on campus to replace the 14 existing delivery locations and implemented a state-of-the-art Parcel Management System to monitor and track packages during shipment.
Learn more about ASU’s non-traditional The UPS Store centers.
For the women and men serving in our armed forces, staying in touch with loved ones is very important. That’s why The UPS Store offers franchise opportunities on military based for reliable mailing and shipping services.
The UPS Store is honored to support and work alongside military veterans and is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Veterans develop skills throughout their military career like leadership and work ethic that make them perfect fits for franchise ownership. We’re grateful to be able to bring on new owners to grow our brand while helping veterans transition to civilian life.
Learn more about franchising opportunities for veterans.
If you’ve recently retired and found out that life without work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, The UPS Store provides retiree franchise opportunities nationwide to seasoned business professionals.
Learn more about retiree franchising opportunities.
The UPS Store is proud to have a number of minority-owned franchises. And, we’re committed to increasing that number by fostering an inclusive franchise community of dedicated owners who provide exceptional customer service to their community.
Learn more about minority franchise opportunities with The UPS Store.
A study from the IFA Foundation found that more than 30 percent of all franchises were owned by women, a jump of 150 percent jump compared to the previous five-year mark. At The UPS Store, we’re committed to continuing that trend by providing a growing number of franchise opportunities for women.
Learn more about small business franchise opportunities for women.
Future The UPS Store Franchising Opportunities
As a leader in the shipping and printing industry, The UPS Store is always looking to grow our brand and help more small business owners and personal customers. If you’re a real estate agent or broker, we’re looking for potential sites for future The UPS Store locations. If you have a site that you’d like us to consider, please let us know.
Real estate agents and brokers, learn more about submitting your commercial property listings for consideration as a future The UPS Store locations.