iPad Air among prizes awarded during grand opening this week

When it comes to creating a viable business in the presence of competition, Ben Olson believes being there and engaging with customers is a must.

"The key to success for us is to run our own store," he said. "We don't want to be absentee business owners."

Southeast Portland resident Olson, manager of the new store at 4931 S.W. 76th Ave., is hosting a grand opening celebration throughout this week, culminating with a Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting event on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Each day of the week features its own discounted or free service, and visitors who enter a weeklong drawing will be eligible to win an iPad Air computer system.

Olson, who runs the store owned by his mother, Renee Korda, helmed a soft opening in January. The store occupies what's been vacant space next to the former See's Candy store.

In addition to domestic and international shipping, the UPS Store offers full-service packaging, digital and online printing, black-and-white and color copies, document finishing services such as binding and laminating, printing services including business cards, fliers, posters and menus, notary public services, custom crating and shipping for large items, mailbox and postal services, and office and packaging supplies.

“We are in the business of saving people time, and with shipping prices direct from UPS, we can save them money as well," Korda said. "We’re committed to providing convenient business solutions with personalized customer service.”

Acknowledging there are three other UPS stores within five miles of his family's new location, Olson explained the stores are located based on turf.

"What a UPS Store does is set up a territory," he said. "You can't put one next to another one. You maintain a certain territory and only market within your territory."

The family chose Raleigh Hills after extensive research into the greater Portland area.

"Raleigh Hills kept coming up as the best location," he noted. "We based it on how many were going to see the store and drive by every day. Economically, it's a pretty solid neighborhood."

Customers who come in this week are invited to draw a key from a fishbowl that open one of the store's personal mailboxes. Each box contains a different prize, ranging from pens and coffee cups to the iPad computer.

"The big prize is the iPad," Olson said on Monday. "It's in one of the mailboxes. It could (be discovered) anytime between now and closing time Friday. Everybody who draws a key gets something."

Olson, who also works as a musician, and his wife, Natalie, plan to relocate to the Westside this spring.

"We're eventually moving here in April to be closer to the shop," he said.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, visit or call 503-292-1006.

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