Canada's First Plato's Closet Store Opens in Newmarket, Ontario

    Unique store recycles stylish, brand name apparel and accessories for
    and young adults

    MINNEAPOLIS, June 8 /CNW/ -- Winmark Corporation, a leading franchise
developer specializing in retail stores that buy, sell and trade new and used
merchandise, today announced that its first Plato's Closet franchise store in
Canada has opened in Newmarket, Ontario. Located in the RioCentre Newmarket
Plaza at 16640 Yonge Street, the new store offers teens and twenty-somethings
an opportunity to buy and sell gently used, trendy apparel and accessories in
the latest styles and hottest brand names -- Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister,
Express, American Eagle and more. With more than 200 stores in the U.S.,
Plato's Closet is Winmark's fastest growing chain.
    According to Tanya Arrowsmith, owner of the new Plato's Closet store in
Newmarket, teens and young adults, and their parents, love to shop at Plato's
Closet because they can buy current fashions for excellent values or sell
gently used, brand name merchandise for cash on the spot. "I am thrilled to
open Canada's first-ever Plato's Closet store, the hottest new teen fashion
experience," she said. "Newmarket is a perfect location because it's near
Toronto and it's a diverse, growing area that draws thousands of shoppers each
day from surrounding communities."
    "Plato's Closet fills a distinct retail niche as the only North American
resale business specializing in the teen and the young adult market," she
added. "We offer merchandise that is cool, hip, trendy and in great condition.
Unlike traditional retailers, we don't try to create new fashion trends -- we
respond to actual trends in a timely and value-oriented manner."
    The store's hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about the
new Plato's Closet store in Newmarket contact owner Tanya Arrowsmith at

    About Plato's Closet
    Plato's Closet is the leader in buying and selling name brand, gently
used apparel and accessories for teens and young adults. With more than 200
franchise-owned and operated stores throughout the United States and Canada,
Plato's Closet focuses on the latest styles and hottest brands, all in great
condition. Franchised in 1999, Plato's Closet has become the fastest growing
chain in the Winmark Corporation family of brands, which also includes 15 Once
Upon A Child stores in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information on
Plato's Closet visit

    About Winmark Corporation
    Winmark Corporation(R), based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and
finances business. Specializing in developing franchises for retail stores
that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the parent company
of Play It Again Sports(R), Once Upon A Child(R), Plato's Closet(R), Music Go
Round(R), and Wirth Business Credit(R). The company has more than 800 stores

    and is publicly traded at (NASDAQ=WINA).  For more information visit

For further information:

For further information: Mary Haugen of Haugen Public Relations, 
+1-612-201-0697,, for Plato's Closet Web Site:        

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