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Marriott Renaissance Resort Adds The UPS Store
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A new THE UPS STORE is ready  to open inside the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine on July 1, making it locally the first operation of its kind. The store will replace the resort’s in-house business center.

“We look to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for our clients,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, General Manager at the Renaissance.  “And The UPS Store brings us to the level that we are now a true convention center location.” Oliasami was GM for another Renaissance property in 2009 when they contracted with the well-known brand to outsource business services. “It made a huge difference in the success of our convention center with The UPS Store doing phenomenal business there,” he said.

Local residents, along with resort and convention guests, can use the store for packing and shipping, computer rental with Wi-Fi and internet, and professional printing and binding jobs, as well as other services. But it’s the storage aspect that sets it apart for convention and business guests. Instead of lugging displays and heavy bags across the country, they are shipped to the store, awaiting the exhibitor’s arrival -- and then seamlessly shipped back -- eliminating stress for the business traveler.

The franchise is owned by Divyan Patel, who for two years has owned and operated a traditional store within the Shoppes of Murabella on Tuscan Way. “I really wanted to be in a hotel,” Patel said. “This is a totally new venture, and it’s worked well at other hotels.”

The concept has been around for quite some time, but recent ”buzz” has been generated by the GMs of the hotels, according to Kevin Gordon, VP of Development for FranBiz 601, and the Area Franchisee for 25 counties in Florida. “Renaissance and Mr. Oliasami reached out to us because of their positive experiences with The UPS Store,” Gordon said. “We are grateful that the reputation of our past successes makes the change so valued.”

The Renaissance joins other The UPS Store business centers in the Marriott Hotel/Tampa International Airport, downtown Tampa’s Marriott Waterside Hotel, Ponte Vedra’s Marriott Sawgrass, and Hilton Orlando, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center.

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