Franchising’s Frequently Asked Questions
How many AIM Mail Center franchises are there, and where are they located?
There are 44 AIM Mail Center locations across 12 states. You can find any AIM Mail Center location, along with any of the other total of 600+ locations of the franchisor, Annex Brands, Inc. on the Store Locator.
Why do customers use AIM Mail Center?
Today’s busy lifestyles demand our services of packing and shipping, copying and printing, plus notary public and mailbox services. We are conveniently located in neighborhood shopping centers, often anchored by a national grocery store or other large retailer. AIM Mail Center offers our customers convenience, saving them time and money while providing helpful, friendly and professional customer service.
What is the estimated initial investment to own an AIM Mail Center franchise?
The estimated initial investment to become an AIM Mail Center franchise owner ranges from $167,800 – $247,850. This includes the initial franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, opening inventory and supplies, lease deposits, startup marketing and working capital. Actual costs vary depending on individual locations and other circumstances. To learn more, please refer to the Time Line / Program page of our web site or Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document.
What kind of franchise opportunities does AIM Mail Center offer?
AIM Mail Center offers individual and multiple store franchises in the United States.
Will AIM Mail Center help me find a location for my retail center?
Yes. Your site selection team will utilize demographic and market research as well as local real estate knowledge to help you identify and select a site close to your potential customers’ offices, businesses and residences.
What are your financial guidelines for franchise ownership?
We require all applicants be able to verify a minimum of $50,000 in liquid capital. This can be met through cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement accounts or any other non-borrowed source. In addition, as part of your application process, you will be required to submit a Confidential Franchise Application Form.
Will I get assistance with store buildout?
Yes. We will provide professional design and buildout of your store. We want you to concentrate on learning how to operate and market your new store so, let us deal with the details of building out the store.
What does training include?
Our comprehensive training program begins with up to 10 days of training at the Annex Brands’ Home Office. Instruction includes operating procedures, products and services, operating systems, business management and marketing.
Will I get protected territory for my AIM Mail Center franchise?
Yes, each AIM Mail Center location has a protected territory which ensures no other AIM Mail Center may be placed in that territory.
What about marketing support?
Marketing is the cornerstone of promoting your franchise business. AIM Mail Centers has a full line of ready-to-use marketing materials including Internet pay-per-click campaigns, in-store Point-of-Purchase materials, templates for direct-mail pieces along with an individual store webpage and more! We are proud to have award-winning talent and expertise to drive an effective advertising campaign.
What kind of operational support will I receive?
We’ll help you make informed decisions to grow your postal and shipping franchise business. Everyone in our company from our President down is involved in franchisee support. Our Marketing Communications Department will ensure you reach your target customer base. Our Franchise Services Department will help you solve and work through operational and computer programs. Our Franchise Advisory Council will ensure you always have a voice. These groups, in addition to continuing education, a proprietary Intranet, national conventions and monthly newsletter, will keep you at the forefront of industry news and trends.
Can you help with financing?
Yes. Small Business Administration (SBA) financing is readily available for new franchisees. We offer several national lenders that handle SBA as well as other types of financing options.
What are the next steps?
If you’re interested in learning more about the AIM Mail Centers small business franchise opportunity, fill out the request form to receive additional information or call our Franchising Department at 1-866-964-3142 for immediate answers to your questions.