Plato's Closet

used clothing for guys and girls

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Description of franchise system

PLATO’S CLOSET buys and sells the latest styles in gently used brand name clothing and accessories for guys and girls from teens to twenties. At Plato's Closet, customers can find a huge selection of fashionable designer styles as well as those everyday basics young consumers can't live without.

Plato's Closet is not your usual hand-me-down clothing store. The lightly used clothing and fashionable accessories that storeowners buy and sell are always top-name brands, hip, trendy, cool, clean and in great condition - all at up to 70% off mall retail prices! Usually, Plato's Closet only purchases clothing that has been in the best clothing stores within the last 12 to 18 months and are always up-to-date styles that can still be found in the malls.

Making the important choice to become your own boss is a thrilling venture, and Plato's Closet appreciates being contemplated in your search. A Plato's Closet franchise business presents franchisees with a very distinctive franchise prospect that is founded on a strong business concept and the excellent training and support of the established parent company, the Winmark Corporation.

Franchise concept

Plato's Closet is one business in a family of franchises that have been successfully supporting exceptional retail franchise businesses for over 20 years. Winmark Corporation has many years of experience and small business services, which combine to offer you a great advantage with wide-ranging training and support.

As a new Plato's Closet franchise owner, Winmark will provide you with more than 75 hours of in-store and classroom training. This training will cover all areas, including retail, site selection, store set-up, business planning, computer training, marketing & advertising, and store operations. The company’s computer support center offers access to technical experts that provide you assistance with software, hardware and operational problems every day of the week.

You will also receive ongoing training online via the extranet and annual franchise conferences, which is provided by Field Operations Managers. Franchisees are also welcome to return for any portion of the classroom training that they would like to repeat at no additional cost. Additionally, a team of professionals including Winmark staff and national and local brokers will support you in the site selection process.  

During training, you will learn how to utilize the company’s proprietary computer system to purchase and price your inventory. Your franchise location will buy gently used items (without selling it) for a time of approximately six weeks before your grand opening. In addition, professionally produced marketing and advertising resources including radio and television commercials, print advertisements, direct mail materials, local marketing initiatives will help drive business to your store.

Franchise partner profile

To be a successful Plato’s Closet franchisee requires hard work, financial capability and good people skills. This business is not for everyone. While having knowledge of fashion is helpful, the franchise’s wide-ranging training program will give you with all the skills and tools you need to be successful. If you are organized, motivated, enjoy working with the people, and can diligently follow a proven franchise system, you are a good candidate for a Plato’s Closet franchise.

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to open your own business with a successful franchise system, fill out the information below and see if Plato’s Closet is the right franchise opportunity for you!

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