PRINCETON — Convenience for area businesses and individuals are the biggest reasons why Jackie Johnson recently opened a business in Princeton.
"You can stop by here and get what you need and get on your way quickly," said Johnson, the president of Princeton Pony Mail Box Inc., located within Harvest Commons at 616 N. Main St. in Princeton.
Johnson, who was born and raised in Princeton before moving back to the area about a year ago from the Nashville, Tenn., area, said the closest store to send packages is in Peru, which is very inconvenient for Princeton area businesses and customers.
"It came out of our own need to open this store and to make it more convenient and easier for businesses," she added. "There are Fed Ex stores in the Quad Cities or Peoria. Ottawa has a UPS store, but it is strictly UPS."
Johnson said the centralized location in Princeton was a main factor in helping her to decide where she should open her store.
"It is easy to get to with the parking in the rear," she added. "We sell convenience with shipping and mailing, selling products like boxes and packing materials and renting private mail boxes," said Johnson.
Princeton Pony Mail Box also offers business services like a printer, receiving or sending faxes and scanning documents. She also offers notary services, laminating and shredding.
"We are an authorized shipper for Fed Ex and UPS and will be for the U.S. Postal Service in a week or so when the paperwork is finished," she added.
Johnson said customers can come to Princeton Pony Box Box store to compare prices for Fed Ex, UPS or U.S. Postal Service to determine the best shipping deal for them from those three options.
"We can package for you or ship items that you package yourself," she said.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Customers of the mail boxes have access to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"We are easy to find and easy to do business with," added Johnson.
Johnson said she is excited about being back in Princeton, where she graduated from high school many years ago.
"It has been fun reconnecting with family and friends," she said. "My husband worked with a man in Nashville to design this store. He mentored me on what to do with software, etc."
Johnson wants customers to know she is an independent owner of Princeton Pony Mail Box Inc. and not a franchise owner. She can be reached at 815-915-8231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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