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PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS
www.playitagainsports.com / Headquarters: Minneapolis / Employees: 1,000 /
Pat Quinn, director: "We're not standing still and waiting for everyone to find us."

Winning Team

Play It Again Sports' game plan is built on passionate
franchisees and its unique concept. BY CHRIS PETERSEN

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Even as the sporting goods segment
struggles, Play It Again Sports continues
to thrive and bring in new franchisees.

With nearly 300 locations
throughout North America, Play It
Again Sports is one of the most successful sporting goods retail franchises, and Director Pat Quinn says that's
because even among other sporting
goods retailers Play It Again Sports
stands apart due its unique concept
of providing quality Used and competitively priced new sporting goods
and fitness equipment. He says the
brand's unique approach of buying
and selling used sports equipment
makes it valuable to its customers
and very attractive to potential fran46

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chisees. "I think what makes Play It
Again Sports attractive is that it's a
very unique concept," Quinn says.
"There's really no other business that
offers this type of value-driven concept to customers."
Founded in 1983 in Minneapolis,
Play It Again Sports started franchising in 1988, which led to the creation
of what is now Winmark Corporation.
Winmark franchises Play It Again
Sports along with Once Upon a Child,
Music Go Round, Plato's Closet and
Style Encore. In addition to franchising those businesses, Winmark

Corporation also operates leasing
solutions in Winmark Capital and
Wirth Business Credit. "Our mission
at Winmark as a whole is really to help
create, support and finance businesses," Quinn says.
Although the sporting goods segment has experienced some instability in recent years - most notably with
Sports Authority and Sports Chalet in
liquidation now - Play It Again Sports
continues to thrive, bringing new
franchisees into the brand and experiencing consistent growth over the last
several years. Quinn says the brand


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