Elevating Success: Winmark’s Commitment to Supporting Our Franchisees


One of the reasons the franchising industry has proved to be successful is because the on-going support and leadership that franchisors provide to individuals eager to become entrepreneurs. At Winmark, we are committed to helping people achieve their entrepreneurial dreams by delivering exceptional training and on-going support.

Winmark’s Franchising Expertise

We believe in empowering our franchisees throughout the entirety of their business journey. From initial training to ongoing support, we ensure our franchisees have the tools and knowledge they need to build a successful business and foster continued growth. Our commitment to franchise success is evident in our history, with over 1,300 franchises in North America and many of our brands achieving top rankings in their respective categories in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500® list.

Winmark and our five resale retail brands are also recognized as leaders in the resale industry, pioneering the “ultra-high-value” retailing niche that makes high-quality used products readily accessible for everyone, creating loyal customers and impacting communities. With over 35 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in the industry, we know the ins and outs of operating a resale business, giving our franchisees a blueprint for success.

Exceptional Training and Supportive Culture

Our franchise system is designed to celebrate the entrepreneurial passion of our franchisees, offering a robust framework for business owners to excel in the competitive retail landscape.

By partnering with Winmark, you’ll join our comprehensive training program. You’ll participate in over 65 hours of both classroom and in-store sessions. This includes crucial aspects like training in employee management, retail store merchandising, marketing your business, and customer service, equipping you with the essential knowledge to launch your resale retail brand.

Key training areas include:

  • Business Planning: We assist in crafting a robust business plan, including a detailed three-year financial projection.

  • Retail Site Selection: You leverage our 30+ years of experience and extensive store network for prime location selection.

  • Product Knowledge Training: We help you stay updated with the latest trends in apparel, sporting goods and musical instruments.

  • Buy Process Training - We help you learn and understand what product to buy and how to buy it efficiently.

  • Marketing: Gain from the knowledge of experience from the Marketing team and access professionally produced marketing materials.

Our network of franchisees are also deeply committed to supporting one another. Winmark hosts yearly conferences and several regional meetings throughout the year, where franchisees from each of our five resale retail brands come together for an opportunity to network and learn from one another. These conferences include inspiring educational workshops and amazing trade shows, serving as an invaluable platform for franchisees to share their experiences, collaborate, and take home new ideas to implement in their store. By fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, we encourage our franchisees to not only meet but exceed their business goals.

Celebrating Rewarding Achievements

Celebrating the achievements of our franchisees is integral to our mission. We take pride in their accomplishments, whether it's reaching sales milestones, providing exceptional customer service, or making significant contributions to their communities. Winmark franchisees are not only leaders in the resale industry but also leaders within their own communities, championing eco-friendly shopping habits that reduce waste and providing high-quality, affordable and accessible options for consumers. Our franchisees gain the opportunity to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and be recognized in their local community and our franchise network.

When you choose to franchise with Winmark, you get extensive support to not only embark on a lasting business journey, but one that makes a difference in the lives of others. Contact us today to see how we can turn your business aspirations into reality.

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