Winmark® has perfected the "ultra-high-value" retailing niche, which combines selling high-quality secondhand goods alongside brand new merchandise in a traditional retail format. We've extended that approach to each of our five brands: Play It Again Sports®, Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Music Go Round®, and Style Encore® and currently have over 1,250 locations all over the continent. We far exceed our competitors by number of stores and outperform them on average sales volume with a superior business model, stronger brand name, and superior support. We have developed fruitful, long-term relationships with third party vendors that provide everything from business insurance to fixtures, supplies, and credit card processing to help our franchisees maximize their bottom line as well as their top line.
When it comes to creating partnerships with our franchisees, we believe in a 100% franchised system. That means that there are we have no corporate stores and so all of our time, effort and resources are focused on providing our franchisees with what they need to ensure they are in the best position to succeed. To learn more about our approach to franchise partnerships, visit our Why Franchise? page.
Our growing number of franchise locations and long history of success speaks to our unparalleled approach to franchising, but we've also been recognized by the industry as well. Over the years, we've accumulated some of the highest honors from both prestigious organizations and trusted industry publications.
We have been recognized for/in:
- Forbes Magazine Best Small Companies
- Forbes Magazine Top Investment Opportunity
- Entrepreneur Magazine – Franchise 500 #1 Ranking
- Named Top 200+ Franchise Systems in Franchise Times
- International Franchise Association Member
- Canadian Franchise Association Member
- NAMM Top Retailer in the music industry
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Resale shopping appeals to a wide range of demographics and income levels. Smart consumers are always looking for a good deal and are frequently shopping for high-quality items at a great value.
More consumers than ever before care about the environment. Rather than disposing of gently used items, people are now choosing to sell their unwanted items to resale shops.
On an annual basis, up to 18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store and up to 15% will shop at a resale store.
The resale business is currently one of the fastest growing segments in the retail industry. Now is the time to get involved in an ever expanding market!