San Diego Company Expands to 6,000 Worldwide Locations


Have you seen The UPS Store shipping outlets popping up in shopping centers just about everywhere these days? Chances are you have visited them or their other brand name outlet, Mail Boxes, Etc. to send holiday packages or ship items you’ve sold on EBay.  This convenient shipper of packages is one of just a few retail companies headquartered right here in San Diego.

The UPS Store started off as Mail Boxes, Etc,  which was created in 1980 as an alternative to the Post Office.  Mail Boxes, Etc. expanded over the years through a franchise network, now rated as the 8th best franchise opportunity in America by Entrepreneur Magazine.

UPS, the venerable shipping company, purchased Mail Boxes, Etc. in 2003 and created The UPS Store brand of shipping outlets.  Unlike many other San Diego business acquisitions where headquarters operations get moved to the acquiring company’s location, The UPS Store headquarters continues to be operated out of Sorrento Mesa. With UPS’s backing, the company just announced they have reached 6,000 worldwide locations, a 25% growth since the acquisition.

UPS does not break out The UPS Store information in their financial statements but according to Hoovers, the San Diego company generated $137 million in 2007 revenues with 321 corporate employees. If you would like the opportunity to work for a large consumer company based in San Diego, visit the Mail Boxes, Etc. Career Page.

To read about other interesting companies established in San Diego, check out the Started in San Diego category of posts on this blog.

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