Why Winmark® Franchising?
Lead the Marketplace with Once Upon a Child®
After nearly 30 years of pioneering the "ultra-high-value" retailing niche, Winmark Corporation has emerged as the premier name in retail-resale franchising in North America. Over that time, we have expanded our brands with more than 1,250+ locations across the U.S. and Canada, including more than 380+ Once Upon a Child stores. Our track record has proven that our approach to franchising not only means success for us but also for the hundreds of passionate, enthusiastic franchisees that carry forth our brands and build thriving businesses with us.
Franchising with Winmark
At Winmark, we credit the success we've had with our retail-resale brands with our approach to working with valued franchisees. We view our franchise partners as part of the Winmark family and use what we've learned about this industry and our resources to ensure that they and their franchise business are poised for success.
Who We Work With
Many people think that you have to be an industry veteran to run your own retail-resale business. At Winmark, we know that isn't true. Many of our successful franchise partners are newcomers to the industry. We're ready to work with first-time franchisees and family teams who are passionate about their community and the service they're ready to provide their customers. We also take a 100% franchised system approach to our franchising, which means that 100% of our resources, time, and money are dedicated to making these franchisees successful, not a corporate entity.
How We Prepare Them
When we welcome a new franchisee to our family, we enroll them into our training program that includes more than 65 hours of education on topics ranging from customer service to operations to marketing and advertising. Even after the grand opening, all our franchisees have access to our Winmark digital tools and franchise support for all their marketing and store operational needs.
Where We Place Them
Winmark is careful about where we choose to open our franchise stores because we have specifically built our brands to play a very specific role in the marketplace. Between high-end retail stores and low-quality secondhand outlets, Winmark brand stores offer consumers a quality retail experience that offers gently used items at remarkable discounts. This is especially true for our Once Upon a Child franchise, which offers budget-conscious families and parents up to a 90% markdown on name brand merchandise for their children.
How successful has this approach been with our franchise partners? Over the last 10 years, between 95% and 100% of our franchisees have renewed their franchise agreement with us and chosen to continue to build their business with Winmark by their side.
Are you ready take the first step in becoming a franchise partner with us at Winmark? Submit a qualification form to our team today!