People Love Buying and Reselling Used Items...Everyday!

    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!

Winmark Company History

Company History

Winmark Corporation is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally incorporated in 1988 under Play It Again Sports® Franchise Corporation, the company changed its name to Grow Biz International, Inc. and went public in 1993. By 1995, most of the Grow Biz concepts were ranked first in their categories according to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500. The current management team took the helm in 2000 and renamed the company Winmark Corporation in 2001. In 2004, Winmark expanded its financing services to middle market businesses through its subsidiary, Winmark Capital Corporation, and to small businesses through another subsidiary, Wirth Business Credit.

Our Franchising Experience

Winmark is a recognized leader in franchise-owned and operated businesses, with more than 1,250 franchises in North America. The company pioneered the “ultra-high-value” retailing niche—selling high-quality used products alongside new goods in a traditional retail store format.

Our franchised businesses are: Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Play It Again Sports, Music Go Round®, and Style Encore®. All of these brands buy, sell, trade, and/or consign used and new brand-name merchandise. Winmark franchisees receive extensive training and on-going support to help them build successful business income opportunities.

Our Leasing Experience

Winmark also provides tailored business equipment leasing services to large and medium-sized businesses through its wholly owned subsidiary, Winmark Capital. The Winmark management team has over 100 years of combined leasing experience. The company also provides leasing and financing services to smaller businesses through its Wirth Business Credit subsidiary.

Want to learn more about our work and what we offer our franchise partners? Contact our team at (866) 595-0053 today!

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  • Forbes Best Small Companies
  • Franchise 500 Ranked 2019
  • Franchise Times Top 200
  • IFA Franchising Member
  • NAMM
  • CFA Member
  • Franchise 500 #1 in Category 2019

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