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Celebrating Earth Day: How Our Resale Franchise is Growing Sustainably

As Earth Day approaches, it’s important to reflect on how we can all do our part to protect the planet. At Winmark - the Resale Company®, sustainability has always been a key focus. Our franchise business model keeps a significant amount of clothing, accessories, toys, music gear and more out of landfills.

Last year, Winmark surpassed 1.5 billion items recycled in our resale stores, and as the rise in green consumerism continues, resale concepts provide a win for both our customers and our franchisees.

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Our Commitment to the Environment

Winmark has been proud to lead the sustainability movement since 1988 by shaping and growing a dynamic family of successful resale brands. Winmark franchises offer customers a better way to keep their items in use for a fuller, longer product lifespan. By keeping items out of landfills and prioritizing recycling, we reduce wasteful textile production and improve the environment.

Throughout our stores, we recycle five items per second, and 457 thousand items per day, to allow customers to participate in a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Rapidly-Growing Resale Industry

As our brands continue to grow sustainably, more consumers than ever before care about the environment and are concerned with their individual impacts.

Studies show that 85% of people have changed their purchasing habits to be more eco-friendly in the last five years. Additionally, more surveys estimate 80% of retailers who have dedicated resources to improving sustainability have been met with increased and more loyal customers. Rather than disposing of gently used items, people are now choosing to sell their unwanted items to resale shops like ours.

Used goods concepts, including clothing, sports equipment, and electronic games, do well in any economy. Resale concepts have historically endured throughout economic uncertainty, such as the 2008 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why Franchise with Winmark?

Over the last ten years, an average of 99% of our franchisees have renewed with us, which speaks powerfully to the nature of our partnership. Winmark's remarkable 30-year track record of success speaks to why our franchise brands can be a sound investment.

Our unit-level economics are often 50% higher than competitors in the same industry, while our franchise partners benefit from our 100% franchising model. Each franchisee takes the reins of their location(s) in a meaningful way, and our time, resources, and money go directly into providing the support and resources they need to thrive in their communities.

Our growth, a wide consumer focus on the environment, and proven success create the perfect opportunity to franchise with our brands. We have more than 900 franchise owners capitalizing on 1,295 locations across our five brands - and you could be next.

Contact us today to learn more about opening one of our brands committed to protecting the planet.