) announced the opening of a store in Bartlett, Tenn. This will
mark the company's 82nd outlet in the state.
The move reflects the company's strategic approach of leveraging
an extensive network of stores to effectively penetrate into its
target markets, which in turn facilitates it to generate healthy
sales and gain competitive advantage over its rivals,
) and Advance America.
During the recently concluded fourth-quarter 2013, the largest
rent-to-own operator in the U.S., opened 22 new Core U.S.
locations, acquired 35 stores, consolidated 7 stores with
existing locations and closed 32 outlets, bringing the total
store count to 2,992. The company also opened 91 Acceptance Now
stores, consolidated 13 stores with existing locations and closed
7 stores, resulting in 1,325 stores.
Only one international location was opened, bringing the count to
169 stores. Rent-A-Center Franchising International, which is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Rent-A-Center, added 31 new locations
and closed 65 locations, with the total store count remaining at
For 2014, management plans to open approximately 30 rent-to-own
locations in Mexico. Moreover, the company aims at about 100
domestic Acceptance Now kiosk additions.
Rent-A-Center offers consumer electronics, appliances and
furniture products under rental purchase schemes that allow
customers to own the merchandise upon completion of the rental
period. Due to continued tightening of the credit market,
customers see rent-to-own as a more flexible and viable option
compared to credit. However, the sluggish recovery and a fragile
job market may make customers reluctant to enter new
Currently, Rent-A-Center holds a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell)
indicating lower-than-expected results in the third and fourth
quarters of 2013, and a cautious outlook given the macro-economic
headwinds that the company's Core U.S. segment business is
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