Carrie Rengers

New UPS Store coming to the west side

He may just be 21, but Shayaan Akbar already has two businesses, including a UPS Store that’s opening at Maple and Ridge Road by early November.
He may just be 21, but Shayaan Akbar already has two businesses, including a UPS Store that’s opening at Maple and Ridge Road by early November. Courtesy photo

UPDATED – Some students graduate from college with hopes to one day open a business.

Shayaan Akbar, 21, already has two.

Akbar graduated from Wichita State University in December with a finance degree.

He and a partner own a small used car dealership, Wichita Auto at 1026 N. Mosley, and now he’s opening a UPS Store with his father, Zafar, and brother, Daanyaal.

Zafar Akbar formerly was a director for a wireless company, and Daanyaal Akbar is pre-med at WSU.

The store, which he hopes will be open by Nov. 1, will be in 1,333 square feet at the northeast corner of Maple and Ridge Road where McAlister’s Deli is.

That leaves one 1,300-square-foot space left to lease at the center.

A friend of Akbar’s family owns another UPS Store in Wichita.

“I used to go in there all the time,” Akbar says. “That’s what really got me interested in the business.”

He says the store will offer a range of services related to printing and shipping.

“We can do anything,” Akbar says.

If it sounds like Akbar is entrepreneurial, it’s intentional.

“I’m trying to be.”

Next, he’s interested in something technology related, possibly online.

So if Akbar has two businesses at age 21, how many will he have by the time he’s 22?

“Hopefully one more.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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