In 1985, Jack Lentz saw a need that no other mail and parcel center at the time was fulfilling—offering a complete line of small office and home-based office services under one roof. Lentz named the business, "PostalAnnex+", and three locations were operating in less than one year.
With success quickly blooming, Postal Annex+, Inc. sold its first franchise in 1986, located in the Rancho Penasquitos community of San Diego, California. Since then PostalAnnex+ has grown to nearly 300 locations across the U.S.
Seeing an opportunity to also grow through acquisition, in September 2006 Postal Annex+, Inc. acquired the Florida-based Sunshine Pack & Ship retail and commercial shipping centers.
The Sunshine acquisition provided new opportunities with the shipping of large, fragile and valuable items through its logistics and van line operations.
Then in September 2007, the company added to its numbers again with the acquisition of the Handle With Care Packaging Store brand. This addition opened 11 new states for the company.
The Handle With Care Packaging Store locations strengthened the company's vertical reach into the shipping and transportation business through its commercial logistics operations. A brand with over thirty years of history itself, the Handle With Care Packaging Store counts a majority of franchise owners who each bring over 10 years of experience in shipping fragile, large, awkward and valuable items.
In January, 2011, Annex Brands acquired the franchise system of Navis Pack & Ship. With over 25 years of experience in shipping large, high-value or fragile items, the Navis franchise partners have developed a reputation for their expertise in designing custom-packaging solutions for a wide range of budgets and objects.
The Company's most recent acquisition occurred in August, 2011 with the addition of 62 AIM Mail Center franchised locations. Similar to the PostalAnnex+ retail brand, AIM Mail Center franchisees also have developed an expertise in the area of full-service printing.
Today, the Company continues to seek growth both through sale of new franchise locations as well as acquisitions. Annex Brands is committed to being a premier choice for small business ownership in the shipping segment of the franchising industry.