Music Go Round® Franchising in Canada

Music Resale Industry Leader Looks To Expand Footprint in Canada due to High Demand by Consumers and Prospective Franchisees Alike

MINNEAPOLIS - July 17, 2017 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Music Go Round®, an established retail leader in the music equipment and gear resale space, is now registered to franchise in Canada. With nearly 35 franchised stores in the United States and a highly sought-after ecommerce website, the brand is seeking prospective franchise owners in Canada to further develop its North American footprint.

Music Go Round operates under Winmark Corporation, which also franchises the following popular secondhand retailers: Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Style Encore® and Play It Again Sports®. The success of Music Go Round’s sister brands throughout Canada as well as interest from consumers and prospective franchisees alike were driving factors in the brand’s decision to expand into the country.

“Expansion into Canada is a natural next step for the brand. We receive emails nearly every day from Canadian consumers interested in purchasing product from Music Go Round. It’s been unfortunate that we have not been able to service them locally thus far, so we are excited to finally be able to answer their requests with some positive momentum,” said Steve Murphy, president of franchising at Winmark Corporation. “Music Go Round is the absolute best at delivering consumers quality, used music equipment and gear, at an affordable price. The time is right and we have the business model and industry expertise to satisfy the pent-up demand.”

Year after year, Music Go Round stores nationwide have continued to show strong individual sales growth with significant momentum from the e-commerce site, in addition to in-store sales. Music Go Round’s online store, MusicGoRound.com, features more than 35,000 items from all their brick-and-mortar locations and averages 200,000 user sessions per month. Its success both in stores and online has established Music Go Round as the best retailer in selling used music products.

An example of the brand’s industry leadership is its consistent ranking in the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) Top 100 Dealers list, which spotlights the industry’s best music product retailers. Music Go Round is the only national company to earn a coveted spot on the list for six consecutive years, which the industry considers as the “Retail Oscars” for music retailers.

“Our franchisees believe in our concept and embrace the idea of recycling – and, this shows in their success,” said Tim Kletti, Brand Director. “Many of them are aspiring or accomplished musicians who experienced our store before joining the franchise, and could see the impact Music Go Round can make in any community.”

Ideal franchisees for Music Go Round come from a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds – including military veterans, corporate America and former stay-at-home parents. However, despite the diverse backgrounds, all Music Go Round franchisees have a common passion for music. Music Go Round offers prospective franchisees an exciting way to give back to their local communities because the stores are centered on recycling used music equipment and gear – selling merchandise considerably below regular retail pricing.

Phil Chernin, a franchisee of Music Go Round for seven years, said, “I love the look on people’s faces when they walk in our door for the first time: It takes about 10 seconds and they just look like, ‘Wow! Where did all this come from? This is amazing!’ and that’s very exciting.”

Music Go Round is registered to franchise throughout all Canadian provinces, but will primarily be targeting Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan for expansion. In particular, the franchise has its focus set on Toronto for the brand’s initial stores due to strong consumer demand in the market and close proximity to the Winmark corporate office in Minneapolis.

Visit http://www.winmarkfranchises.com/music-go-round/ to download a brochure with complete details about the franchise opportunity.

About Music Go Round®

Music Go Round® is the ultimate resource for used musical gear. With around 34 franchised stores in the United States and an internationally used inventory website, Music Go Round buys, sells, and trades quality used and new gear such as guitars, drums, keyboards, sound equipment, and accessories. Music Go Round is franchised by Winmark Corporation, which also franchises Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Style Encore®, and Play It Again Sports®. For more information visit www.musicgoround.com and www.winmarkfranchises.com.

About Winmark Corporation

Winmark Corporation, based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and finances business. Specializing in leasing and developing franchises for retail stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the parent company of Plato’s Closet®, Once Upon A Child®, Play It Again Sports®, Music Go Round®, Style Encore®, Winmark Franchise Partners™, Wirth Business Credit® and Winmark Capital®. As of July 1, 2017, there were 1,199 franchises in operation under the company’s retail brands, as well as an additional 59 retail franchises that have been awarded but are not open. For more information visit www.winmarkcorporation.com, www.winmarkfranchises.com and www.winmarkfranchisepartners.com.

Contact:

Reema Nimka
Fishman Public Relations
847-945-1300 x263
rnimkar@fishmanpr.com

SOURCE Music Go Round®

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