Uptown Cheapskate is an exciting retail store franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners. Our stores sell quality clothing brands at affordable prices, creating a bargain for customers and a high-margin business for franchise owners.
Did you know that the average American purchases 68 items of clothing every year? The truth is, most of those items simply aren’t worn often. That’s why Uptown Cheapskate is such an effective idea that resonates with customers of every income bracket and style persuasion. Every month, our franchise stores buy and re-sell thousands of clothing items that have been gently used at a fraction of the prices originally charged. Our stores are not just a fantastic opportunity for business owners; they also pose an exciting and rewarding retail option for communities. With territories available across all 50 states—including many prime locations—there’s never been a better time to join the Uptown Cheapskate franchise family!
Basecamp Franchising was founded by Shauna and Brent Sloan in 1992. In 2009, they added the Uptown Cheapskate brand to their franchise family. This upscale resale franchise concept has quickly expanded into a nationwide success, with more than 50 locations currently operating in 17 states across the U.S.
Location, location, location—we know that is a key to success for any business, which is why our site selection and leasing experts help you not only locate the ideal space, but negotiate a favorable lease as well!
We equip you with a Biz Planner tool that allows you to create a sample budget based on sales levels, labor expenses, facilities costs, and other major operating expenses. This tool can help you get a better idea of what to expect when investing in an Uptown Cheapskate store.
Boasting partnerships with major banks, we are well-equipped to help you secure the financing you need. For franchisees that are self-financed, the start-up process time will likely be significantly shorter.
Uptown Cheapskate stores are beautifully crafted by our store design specialist. She creates a customized store and fixture plan that fits the unique dimensions of your space. She will also help you select approved materials to begin working with your contractors and assist them during the construction process.
We make sure you get the training you need in our 12-day training program and 5-day internship. This combination gives you both a classroom and in-store training experience for comprehensive preparation as a new store owner. We also provide ongoing training, including our Uptown Training Portal, site visits, regional conferences, support calls, and more.
Prior to officially opening your new store, you will stock your store with inventory in an “Open to Buy” period. This will allow you to market to local customers, build relationships, and pay cash for their gently used, quality clothing items. You will not be selling inventory at this time.
Once you have fully stocked your store with stylish inventory, you will begin to prepare for the Grand Opening. You will need to select a store open date and start the marketing process for the Grand Opening event. A support rep will come visit your store to assist you during this time!