UPS launches new rural community franchise model

By Freddie Pierce
UPS is extending its services to small business owners across all areas in the US, following the launch of its Main Street franchise model, which is de...

UPS is extending its services to small business owners across all areas in the US, following the launch of its Main Street franchise model, which is designed to support the opening of UPS Stores in small towns and rural communities across the United States.

The new model allows franchisees to save up to $80,000 in comparison to other UPS Store Franchise stores in more urban locations, allowing qualifiying franchisees to save $20,000 in fees and an additional $40,000 to $60,000 in other UPS store franchise costs.

According to 2010 Census data, nearly one third of US residents live in rural areas, figures which prompted the new scheme.

"We have heard firsthand from our small business customers how important it is for them to support their local communities," said Chris Adkins, vice president of franchise development at The UPS Store, Inc. "Our Main Street model can help make sure small businesses in rural locations have access to the products, services and support they need."   

The UPS Store has been endorsed by SCORE, a US national organisation dedicated to helping small businesses grow through education and mentorship, for its efforts to grow business in rural communities.

"Rural small businesses are often challenged to easily find resources that can help them grow," said Mark J. Dobosz, president of The SCORE Foundation. "SCORE believes that with greater expansion into rural areas, The UPS Store can help small businesses grow, and ultimately help improve the economic fabric and overall health of their communities."

The UPS Store offers a range of products and services aimed at meeting the needs of small business owners. As well as offering to services like packing and shipping, printing, faxing, direct mail, and mailbox services, The UPS Store will also work with business owners to develop custom solutions to meet their unique business needs.

"Every The UPS Store location is owned by individual small business experts that are well-versed in the unique make-up of the communities in which they work and live," said Adkins. "They can offer insights, advice and services relevant to other small businesses in their neighborhoods."

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