As a franchisor and a retailer, we feel for our peers in the retail space
the past few years as many nationally known brands are laying off, reorganizing
or just simply going away altogether in liquidation events. While e-commerce,
the weather, competition and the economy have all played a part in their
demise, if you dig beneath the numbers, many times the failing is in the
capital structure of the parent company or multiple failings inside the
four walls in staying relevant and in touch with their customer base.
Whatever the reason, nobody likes to see businesses fail – especially
since people lose jobs, livelihoods and careers in the process.
The list of failing or failed retailers is long – most recently the
liquidation announcements of The Sports Authority and Sports Chalet, joining
the liquidations or reorganizations of many other famed retailers including
Pac Sun, Circuit City, Kmart, Borders, American Apparel, Wet Seal, Linens
& Things, Radio Shack, and more joined the fray.
Retail is a tough business, and losing a job is never easy. But each of
these retail employees has character traits that align extremely well
with franchise ownership. Work ethic, job knowledge and experience, customer
service orientation, and working in a team environment are all major contributors
to building a successful franchise. Combined with the obvious passion
you have for retail, take into consideration that you bring a lot to the
table as a franchise partner. Given that there are over 3,500 franchises
to choose from, you combine your aligned attributes with the right concept,
and you have a winning formula that takes your specific skill set and
allows you to apply it while becoming your own boss and taking control
of your future.
Winmark is the parent company of Play It Again Sports, Plato’s Closet,
Once Upon A Child, Style Encore and Music Go Round. Combined we have over
800 franchisees and almost 1,200 franchised retail stores in North America.
We would welcome the opportunity to be a part of you next career –
reach out to us and let’s see if it’s a fit!
And regardless of your next move, as fellow retailers we want to acknowledge
your contributions over the years and wish you all the best in your next endeavor.