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  • Revenue: $51 million
  • Market Cap: $294 million
  • CEO: Morgan, John
  • Industry: Specialty Retail
  • Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Year Founded: 1988
  • Ticker: WINA (get quote)

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Winmark Corporation operates as a franchisor of four retail store concepts that buy, sell, trade, and consign merchandise. The company franchises retail stores under the ÔPlato’s Closet’ name that sell and buy used clothing and accessories geared toward the teenage and young adult market; and under the ÔPlay It Again Sports’ name, which sell, buy, trade, and consign used and new sporting goods, equipment, and accessories for various athletic activities, including hockey, wheeled sports, fitness, ski/snowboard, golf, and baseball/softball. It engages in franchising ÔOnce Upon A Child’ branded retail stores that sell and buy used and new children’s clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, and accessories; and ÔMusic Go Round’ branded retail stores that sell, buy, trade, and consign used and new musical instruments, speakers, amplifiers, music-related electronics, and related accessories for parents of children who play musical instruments, as well as for professional and amateur musicians. In addition, the company operates a middle-market equipment leasing business focusing on technology-based assets to serve large and medium-sized businesses; and a small-ticket financing business to serve small businesses. Further, it offers management services to Tomsten, Inc. As of September 24, 2011, the company had 923 franchises in operation. Winmark Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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