The UPS Store
218 E. Park Ave. Long Beach
While the UPS Store in Long Beach was closed for business after Hurricane Sandy through January, it remained open to accommodate customers and help the community. Acting as a focal point for catastrophe related organizations, such as the Red Cross and FEMA, it helped expedite documentation needed for FEMA, insurance companies and adjusters, and provided services for mailbox customers. The store accepted mail and packages and staff physically drove them to the post office in Garden City, which was acting as a hub for the Long Beach area.
Owner Ray Bartlett wants people to realize the true functionality of The UPS Store. “It’s far more than just a place to ship packages,” he says. “What we provide is a full-service business center — a place you can find a Notary Public, get passport photos, use a copy center, lease a mailbox with a legal street address, and so much more.”
For years, Bartlett has owned and operated a UPS Store in Babylon village. Several years ago he purchased a second location when an existing UPS Store became empty in Long Beach. While The UPS Store is part of a corporate franchise network, Bartlett runs his own with a home style feeling, making friends with customers, giving it a personalized touch. And most recently, he opened another location in Deer Park.
Bartlett has been an avid striped bass fisherman for 45 years. He hangs photographs of his catches in the store and encourages fellow fisherman to stop in and chat about the hobby. This summer he went fishing with several of his customers. He also designates a yearly “Armed Forces Month,” when he provides free packing and packing material (shipping charges still apply) to anyone in the military, anything sent to someone there, and to disabled vets.