Losing Job Was Opportunity for Anders

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

One example is a new UPS Store on Poplar Springs Drive that celebrated with a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon.

Justin Anders was born and raised in Meridian, graduating from Lamar High School in 1993 and then from Mississippi State University with a degree in business.

Anders went to work in a job that transferred him throughout the south, until he took a punch from the slow economy.

"Like a lot of people in this economy, my job was eliminated. I was stunned, shocked," Anders said.

That was about a year ago. So he decided to start his own business. For others wishing to do the same, Anders says simply have to go after it.

"Do it; do it," he said. "Because every day that I get up, it's a joy to come to work. Whatever your passion is, do that, because if you don't have to work for somebody else and you can make the living you want to make, why not? Life is too short to be worried about your job and next paycheck."

Enter the new UPS store in Meridian on Poplar Springs Drive. Anders is no longer worrying about his job.

Bubba Hampton, executive vice-president of Community Bank, says you don't have to either.

"It's certainly a challenge in today's economic times. But there are a couple of things that I think would be well for anyone to take consideration of and that is, you've got to have a good business plan," Hampton said. "You've got to know what you want to do, plan it out."

A plan is exactly what Anders says he had. Now his business is thriving in his hometown.

"It's good to be back home," said Anders. "That's all I can say."

It's a difficult time to open a business, but not impossible. Retail experts estimate about 5,000 stores in the U.S. closed in 2009. About 7,000 more are likely to close this year. But about 8,000 others are expected to open.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Look before you leap! Location: midwest on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    I'm guessing "JJ" didn't do his homework in school, either.
  • by Steven Location: MS on Mar 28, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    Guy should have done some research or hired a Franchise attorney. All he really had to do was google "Is the UPS Store a good franchise".
  • by jim Location: atlanta on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Poor guy should have done his research. UPS stores are failing by the hundreds. This is one big ponzi scheme. Did his franchise lawyer that he hired to review the contract alert him to large number of individual lawsuits and the giant class action coming up in October? Did he tell him how many of these stores are churned? did he tell him that UPS will directly compete for the customers he brings into his store? Did he point out how one sided the UFOC is? Poor guy I hope something saves him from complete ruin in 3 years or less.
  • by Stephen on Mar 26, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    Good for Justin! J.J. (as we called him when we were in school together) and I were classmates from 1st grade on up. Glad to see a young Meridian native return home to start a business.
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave Meridian, Ms. 39301 Phone: (601) 693-1441
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 89190022 - wtok.com/a?a=89190022
Gray Television, Inc.