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Is starting a "mail box store " a solid business?Does anyone have any feedback at all about this concept?

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Julie A. Barnes, CPA
Small Business Exchange, Inc.
Travis County, TX

Hi Scott,

I don't know about starting a mail box store but I can certainly address buying an existing store. I have sold both independently owned mailbox stores and Pak Mails. Location, demographics, and proximity to competitors appear to be significant factors in each store's success.

The U.S. Postal system, in many cases, is overcrowded and simply does not cater to folks as these private mail box stores can. Convenience is key. If you find a location in an area with higher income demographics, customers are more than willing to pay for the time and effort saved.

Owner operators also appear to do better - a friendly and accomodating owner tend to cultivate loyalty among customers. Please feel free to visit my blog: for more advice on how to buy or sell a business (the advice is not targeted to Austin Businesses only).

Thanks and Good Luck!
Julie A. Barnes, President
SBX, Inc.

Dec 2, 2009
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Franchise Advisory Group


The UPS stores do well, but depends on the location and how much the owner is involved in the business. They really cater to small businesses, especially home based businesses and provide shipping, faxing, coping and mail box rentals.

Jul 11, 2009
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Montgomery County, PA

Typically bulk mail box stores also have some other business service such as packaging and mailing, lottery, etc.

Jul 11, 2009
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just a general observation that these "mail box" stores are disappearing.

Jun 22, 2009
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Soclof Business Brokers
Bergen County, NJ

What attracts you to opening this type of business??

Jun 22, 2009

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