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Pawn America Founder Brad Rixmann is named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award Winner in the Upper Midwest

IMG_6625Congratulations to all the recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award in the Upper Midwest region, including our very own Company Owner Brad Rixmann.

The award, now in its 27th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event in Minneapolis last week. These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. The overall national winner will be announced later this year in November.


A Visit to Kids Feeding Kids

Yesterday afternoon, Pawn America Owner Brad Rixmann and many of our managers and district managers had a great time volunteering and serving lunch with kids in the Kids Feeding Kids program of the Twin Cities Boys and Girls Clubs. The kids also presented Brad with a “Champion of Youth” award for all the work he and Pawn America have done in the community and for supporting the Kids Feeding Kids program.


Check out this WCCO news story that sums up the program and yesterday’s event and enjoy our photos from the event, as well!


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Pawn America has been supporting the Kids Feeding Kids program since 2007 in an effort to solve a serious hunger problem plaguing local children. That problem has continued to grow especially during the recession. Since then Kids Feeding Kids has expanded from one location in Minneapolis to five total locations, two in Minneapolis, two in St. Paul and one in Rochester. Together these kitchens serve 120,000 meals annually to inner-city youth members between the ages of six and eighteen. The club kids also learn important skills such as nutritional safety, kitchen safety and sanitation, and understanding of recipes and measurements. The sustainability of the program is structured for and intends to call on various corporate and private donors annually to play a key role in building and maintaining the Kids Feeding Kids program.

Brad’s Visit to Fairview Riverside

Last week, our company owner Brad got a chance to visit with Fairview Hospital Behavioral Services, the hospital unit that had received a donation of flat screen TVs from Pawn America over the holidays.


Brad personally toured the Adult Mental Health wing, visited with some of the patients, and was able to discuss how we might be able to further assist in Fairview’s efforts.


Here is Brad being interviewed by Fairview staff.



Brad is ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille.


Second-hand Shopping for the Holidays Is More Popular Than Ever

A growing number of consumers – think you and me – realize that  second-hand shopping for holiday gifts is not only acceptable and saves a bundle, but also allows us to purchase top-quality items and higher-value jewelry for less than at regular retail prices. Basically, we get more bang for the buck – and who wouldn’t like that?

Our company owner Brad Rixmann got interviewed by the Star Tribune and they published a little Q&A feature column in today’s newspaper related to this topic. Please check it out by clicking on the link!

In related news, please watch a news clip on KSTP, featuring an interview with our Regional Manager Karl Hattman last week. It’s all about the growing popularity of second-hand shopping.


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Pawn America – Top Growth Company in the Twin Cities Again

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 19, 2012) – For the fourth straight year, Burnsville-based Pawn America has been named a recipient of the Business Journal Fast 50 Award, signifying the company as one of the fastest growing private companies in the Twin Cities metro area.

The Fast 50 Award is an annual publication of The Business Journal, a leading authority on area business news. At an awards ceremony in Minneapolis, Pawn America grabbed the 50th spot on the list, which isn’t an easy feat, especially considering the company’s level of revenue when compared to a majority of the other award recipients.

“It was definitely tougher to get on the Fast 50 list this year,” says Kim Johnson, Assistant Managing Editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Pawn America reported just over 72 million in revenue for 2011 and has averaged a growth rate of more than 55 percent over the past three years.  A three-year growth rate (2009-2011) is what the Business Journal uses to rank the award recipients.

“We are certainly proud of the Fast 50 honor, and more specifically that we’ve continued to grow at such a steady pace,” says Brad Rixmann, President and Owner of Pawn America.  “To make this prestigious list four years in a row as a second-hand retailer is proof that the word is getting out. From consumers to the communities, from law enforcement to the law makers… the value in second-hand retailing and re-use practices is increasingly embraced.”

The entire ranking and profiles of the winning companies, including Pawn America, are included in the October 19 print edition of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Additional information can be accessed via the Business Journal’s website.

To qualify for the “Fast 50”, submitted companies have to be independently owned, privately held and based in the Twin Cities nine-county metro area.  The companies must have at least $1 million in revenue while showing continuous growth in the last three years.

Receiving the Top 50 Growth Award for Pawn America are from left to right: Michael Deering, Vernon Stading, Karl Hattman, Chuck Armstrong, and Daron Van Helden

Grand Opening Day at Inver Grove Heights Store

Last Thursday, September 20, 2012 we finally all got together to celebrate the opening of our newest store in Inver Grove Heights. With more than 32,000 square feet, this store is the largest Pawn America in Minnesota. It has been open for business since the middle of August and is a welcome addition to the City of Inver Grove Heights. Enjoy a few photos from Grand Opening Day!

New Inver Grove Heights Store Open for Business

We’ve sure had a number of exciting days lately! Not only have we launched two new websites – Pawn America and Payday America – but we’ve also opened the doors to our 23rd Pawn America store in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota!

Located at 5300 S. Robert Trail, this is our biggest store yet with 32,545 square feet of retail space, including the financial offerings of Payday America and the CashPass Network. While the grand opening is not scheduled until the second part of September, the store is open for business now. We invite you to visit when you’re in the neighborhood! Hours are Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For inquiries you may contact the store at 651-457-5555.

Here are a few photos from our new store and our new Inver Grove Heights staff! Be sure to check out the article at for additional news coverage.




Pawn America in the Spotlight

Every seat was taken at the downtown Radisson in Minneapolis last Thursday when Twin Cities Business magazine recognized the top 2011 small-business success stories at an awards dinner. This year, the spotlight was also put on Pawn America. Having just celebrated 20 years in business, we’re extremely proud and happy to have received the award and hope that our story may be an inspiration to other entrepreneurs.

Pawn America’s Brad Rixmann with the TCB award.

Awards dinner for the top 2011 small-business success stories.

Pawn America at the TCB top 2011 small-business success story awards dinner.

Pawn America Named a 2011 Small Business Success Story!

We’re all excited about some nice news coverage we’re getting this month. Twin Cities Business magazine has chosen Pawn America as one of their top 2011 small business success stories and is featuring us in their January edition. How did we achieve this honor? Brad Rixmann, founder and company president, attributes Pawn America’s success to focusing on our customers by bringing them the best value for their money and our ongoing efforts to dispel the myths and misconceptions about the pawn industry.

Brad Rixmann, founder and CEO of Pawn America

“The concept of secondhand retailing coupled with a number of alternative finance choices under one roof makes a lot of sense to consumers these days,” says Rixmann. “We’re growing because people want value and an efficient way to recycle commerce. At the end of the day, we offer great products at unbeatable prices. Our store experience often pleasantly surprises the first-time pawn shopper. We’ve made huge strides over the last 20 years… and to actually be honored for it? Well, that’s icing on the cake.”

Pawn America is among 10 companies cited by Twin Cities Business Magazine as a Minnesota company with fewer than 500 employees that has had a successful turnaround, rapid early growth, an unusual product innovation, notable longevity, or the overcoming of an unusual challenge.

“Our January cover story provides 10 examples of where visionary, small business leaders persevered through numerous challenges to create, grow, and maintain successful, small businesses in Minnesota,” said Dale Kurschner, editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business. “Pawn America was selected as one of these examples in large part because of how well it has differentiated itself above and beyond the norm in its industry.”

Twin Cities Business will be honoring the featured small businesses at an awards dinner on Thursday, January 12 at the Radisson Plaza hotel in Minneapolis.


The New York Times called…

The New York Times called to interview us for an article on pawn stores’ growing popularity. They also sent a photographer to our headquarters. How cool is that?! Here’s the picture they took of Pawn America’s Founder and President Brad on the roof. Please click on the link to read the story.