Company Spotlight: Clothes Mentor
Clothes Mentor broke into Rock Hill’s fashion scene in 2015 and has been going strong since. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Minneapolis Minnesota, Clothes Mentor has spread to 30 states and has over 100 stores. In 2007, Clothes Mentor began franchising and has since gone on to earn a spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 in 2018.
This upscale resale store for women is far beyond thrift or consignment. Gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories can be found for up to 70% off of original retail prices. Customers can also sell their clothing and make a profit off what they no longer can wear. It’s a win-win for all involved.
The company prides itself in stocking name-brand and designer clothing and accessories that are in great condition. They offer items that are currently trending as well as timeless pieces in sizes from 0-26.
Besides helping customers put money into their pockets, the practice of resale promotes reusing goods, which is beneficial to the environment. In the past 10 years, Clothes Mentor has paid over $180 million to local women, created almost 6,000 local employment opportunities, and has recycled over 42 million units of clothing in local communities. –Clothesmentor.com
During the Recession, resale franchises experienced a $17 billion boom, helping to catapult Clothes Mentor into success. However, most of the company’s success is owed to CEO Ron Olson, who purchased the only three Clothes Mentor locations in 2007 and rebranded the company from thrift store to resale boutique by updating store design, signage, and incorporating technology into the process of buying and selling gently used clothing and accessories by offering cash on the spot to customers.
Clothes Mentor values their employees and offers excellent opportunities for upward mobility. They also advocate for promoting within the company, giving current employees opportunities to earn more. Moreover, Clothes Mentor understands that women are apt to change sizes and styles frequently and caters to those who want to keep their wardrobes updated while helping out their customers and employees.
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