FLINT TWP. — Hiring is underway for a Plato’s Closet opening in a few months at Oakbrook Square on Linden Road.
Nick Leja, owner of the store with his parents, said they will hire 10 to 15 people for the resale store which caters to a youthful age group.
“We buy and trade clothing and accessories for teens and twenty-something men and women,” Leja said. “We pay cash. No appointments are necessary. It’s not like a consignment shop.”
He noted that the store will specialize in higher-end brand names such as True Religion jeans.
“We sell at highly discounted place from retail,” he said.
The Lejas are planning to open the doors to the public on May 23 to accept merchandise to build inventory and stock shelves. A mid- to late-July grand opening is targeted when the store will begin selling merchandise in time for back-toschool shopping, he said.
“When we open to buy we will buy gently-used clothing trendy styles that were in the mall in the past year and a half,” Leja said.
Plato’s Closet is a well-established national franchise with about 12 stores in Michigan and more than 300 nationwide. Resale franchises are doing well in the down economy, Leja said. It gives people a less expensive way to get the product they want.
The Lejas also own Disc Replay, also located at Oakbrook Square, which sells used media including CDs and DVDs.
Clothing brought into Plato’s Closet for sale is reviewed by a buyer who will assess the style, condition, brand name and current stock levels before making an offer, according to the company’s website. Unlike typical secondhand stores, Plato’s closet only buys top-name brands of hip, trendy, clean clothing in good condition.