About Winmark Franchise Partners

Strategic Franchise Management Services

Winmark Franchise Partners assists emerging franchisors and entrepreneurs who can benefit from our experience in establishing, growing and managing successful businesses. We are a recognized leader in franchise owned and operated businesses. First founded in 1988, our parent company, Winmark Corporation, has almost 30 years of experience in building and growing successful businesses. We are a publicly traded company based in Minneapolis, MN, with 5 brands under management, over 800 franchisees representing 1,250 locations, and over $1 billion in system-wide sales. We are selective with whom we partner, as franchising is not the right model for every business. When we work with you, it is because we genuinely believe in you as an entrepreneur, and we believe your concept can grow the right way through franchising. In our decades in the franchise industry, we have seen wonderful successes, but also our share of failures. Done right, franchising is a fantastic business model for entrepreneurs to grow their brand utilizing other people’s capital. But enter franchising before you are prepared, you will risk not only the future of your brand, but in many cases, the life savings of your franchisees. Once you enter franchising, you are no longer in business for yourself – you now have the added responsibility to your franchise partners, and getting the help and guidance of Winmark Franchise Partners in the early stages can vastly increase your chances of success.

Successful Franchising Endeavors

We first began franchising with Play it Again Sports®. We were instrumental in the creation of the “ultra-high-value” retailing niche, wherein retailers sell high-quality used products alongside new goods in a traditional retail store format. The success we had with Play it Again Sports® inspired us to lend our expertise to other franchises, and we are now partners with:

  • Play it Again Sports®
  • Once Upon a Child®
  • Music Go Round®
  • Plato’s Closet®
  • Style Encore®


Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

Once we become an advisor and trusted partner with a franchisor, we provide continuous support through strategic planning, concept development, infrastructure support, identifying franchise growth opportunities, and more. Our franchise business strategies and concepts have been critically acclaimed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500, and our five brands have received numerous accolades for their continued growth and success in the industry.

Franchising is a rewarding and challenging endeavor, one we enjoy helping our franchise partners navigate. To learn more about us, visit the links below:

If you would like to discuss your business and franchising plan with us, please call (844) 452-4600 or contact us.

  • Forbes Best Small Companies
  • Franchise Times Top 200
  • IFA Franchising Member
  • CFA Member
  • Franchise 500 2018

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