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Why Franchising?

Occupy a Unique Space with Play It Again Sports®

For more than three decades, Winmark® has been a pioneer in retail resale franchising and now has more than 1,250 locations all over North America. Nearly 300 of those locations are Play It Again Sports stores, which continue to occupy a unique space in the sports and fitness retail industry. Because of this brand's position in the marketplace—and our dedicated approach to franchising—Play It Again Sports continues to be an attractive franchise opportunity for a broad range of prospective franchise partners ready to make their mark.

Want to learn more about why a Play It Again Sports franchise may be right for you? Contact us today to get started.

Why Play It Again Sports?

For many of our franchisees, Play It Again Sports is an opportunity to engage in one of their passions—sports and fitness—while simultaneously allowing them to build a vibrant, robust business in their community. Play It Again Sports is also family-oriented, and its "trade in and trade up" approach to resale makes it a perfect equipment source for families with growing children who play in local leagues and on school teams and are constantly in need of quality equipment at affordable prices.

Beyond that, though, our Play It Again Sports franchisees continue to have success with us and renew their Winmark franchise agreements due to our long-term commitment to training and support. We're proud to provide our franchisees the tools and resources they need to sustain and grow their business.

Our Play It Again Sports franchisees continue to have success due to:

  • Our extensive franchisee training program
  • Our decades of proven franchise experience
  • Our Buyers Certification Program focused on acquiring quality used sports and fitness equipment
  • Our used and new inventory assortment that changes daily and provides our customers the complete solution for their sports and fitness needs
  • Our partnerships with third-party vendors
  • Our unique, competitive niche in the retail marketplace
  • Our proprietary point-of-sale software that determines resale pricing
  • Our cloud-based online reporting system that allows for remote access
  • Our 100% franchised system that puts an emphasis on franchisee support
  • Our robust support infrastructure that helps all franchisees perform at their very best
  • Our willingness to work with first-time franchisees and family teams who are passionate about making their business a success

If this sounds like an opportunity that's right for you, then reach out to us today. Our Winmark team is ready to discuss your qualifications and outline the next steps toward you owning and operating your very own Play It Again Sports franchise!

Contact our team today to start the process—we look forward to speaking with you!

A Closer Look At Our Brands

Play It Again Sports® is a perfect venue for families with children who are participating in team sports, as well as adults participating in individual sports and fitness activities. Unlike some of our other brands, Play It Again Sports offers a mixture of new merchandise and used sports and fitness equipment, at about a 60% / 40% split, respectively.

Style Encore® is the store for fashion conscious, spending savvy women. We buy and sell the latest styles and brands of gently used, women’s casual and business clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Style Encore has fashion that fits your life, and our stores provide the value, service and selection that this customer desires.

Plato's Closet® focuses on the teen to twenty-something demographic. This hip, on-trend brand provides remarkable discounts on all of the latest styles they've seen in the malls over the last 12 to 18 months, and more importantly pays them cash on the spot for their current styles, allowing them to continually trade in their current outfit for a new one each time they visit the store.

Once Upon a Child® is the largest and fastest-growing reseller of children's goods and apparel in North America. We are the solution for parents looking for high quality, gently used children’s apparel, toys, shoes, baby equipment and accessories at affordable, family friendly prices. We also pay Moms and Dads for the items their children have outgrown, supplying them with the cash to buy the new outfits their family needs today.

Music Go Round® is the world’s largest seller of used musical equipment and gear. With an extensive e-commerce business, our franchisees cater to customers of all ages who are passionate about music. From beginners looking for their first instrument to seasoned pros looking for unique offerings, musicians of every stripe can find something among our mix of new and secondhand inventory.

Want to discover more about our exciting retail brands? Contact our team today!

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