Annex Brands

R ecognizing a need and filling a niche can sometimes take one to unexpected and prof- itable places. The growth of Annex Brands, Inc. has been nothing if not phenomenal over the past few decades, and it all began with one man’s quest for a better business solution. “The company started as PostalAnnex+ about 33 years ago,” explains Ryan Heine, Vice President for Fran- chising. “The first locations were opened in 1985, and we started franchising in 1986. Jack Lentz, the founder, came from a printing background and spent a period of time ‘flunking retirement.’ He worked as a business consultant and was struggling to find a single point of service for the types of needs he had as a home-based business - a place to ship things, a professional address, AT A GLANCE ANNEX BRANDS, INC. WHAT: A franchisor in the shipping and trans- portation business ANNEX BRANDS, ANNEX BRANDS, INC. FILLING AN EXPANDING NICHE Inc. WHERE: San Diego, California WEBSITE: