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UPS ups Its Business
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Jeff Dewitt.
Photo Jeff Barnouw.
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The UPS Store on Camino del Mar has a new owner and now a new look. Jeff Dewitt bought the franchise from the retiring Farrokh Mahmoudi in October 2017 and started remodeling it at the end of May. The remodel is finally just about finished and it is significant because Jeff’s store is one of four nationally in which this new look and feel is being tried out.

The store started in 1980 as a Mail Boxes Etc. franchise, which became UPS in 2003. (No one says “United Parcel Service” any more. It takes too long?) Jeff has been ‘in the business’ for 28 years, in Northern California: Oakland, Half-Moon Bay, Piedmont, Sacramento and the last 18 years in Folsom. For a period he had 6 franchises at one time, and one of his stores had 10 employees. In Del Mar he has only two.

He was alone when I came in, so I had him all to myself for 5 minutes. Then things started happening, and it became quite busy, but Jeff took care of his accumulating customers with smooth efficiency. He didn’t need help. His reliability is reflected in the fact that he serves as Chair of a six-member national Franchisee Advisory Board which works closely with UPS on behalf of all franchise owners in the U.S.

With their son a senior at Whittier College, Jeff and his wife Mechelle (spelling is correct) decided to downsize and move down state. He says he was lucky to get the store in Del Mar, which he appreciates for its way of involving him in the community and for its growth potential. Come and see if the new look and feel (and efficiency) pass muster.



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