About Us

  • Founded in 1991
  • Now 26 stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Dakota
  • More than 500 employees
  • Pawn/sell/trade services at each location
  • Also founded and operate Payday America, CashPass and MyBridgeNow

How we do business…

From a single, modest, 900 square-foot Pawn America location in Robbinsdale in 1991, we have grown to stores in four states, shown double-digit growth year after year, repeatedly been named one of the fastest-growing companies in Minnesota, and now employ more than 500 people.

We consider ourselves recyclers. After all, that’s our business—recycling merchandise that otherwise might be thrown away. Also, we deal in NO adult material; it’s not our culture. We refuse to make anyone uncomfortable shopping in our stores. Pawn America is a family experience, with something for everyone. Our top products are jewelry, consumer electronics, musical instruments, tools, recreation items, art and collectibles, DVDs (including box sets), video games, tablets, laptops and much more.

We’re active in the communities we serve, and our outreach programs have won the Jefferson Award for Corporate Philanthropy. It isn’t a chore; it’s a joy. “We GET to do this,” Pawn America founder Brad Rixmann has said more than once. We have worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs, developed the Kids Feeding Kids program, created Heart of the City: A Run to Remember 10K/5K/1K to benefit Kids Feeding Kids and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and Rochester, helped organize the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Foundation, supported the Fairview Hospital Transitional Care Unit (where Brad has been known to play Santa), and more. We support our troops around the world, regularly sending care packages to those stationed so far from home. “Nobody,” we like to say, “gives back like we do.”

We believe in looking forward, always finding ways to improve. We choose locations in thriving areas of a community, where every retailer wants to be. We want our neighbors to be glad we moved in. We want to be seen as part of the community’s bright future.

We work diligently to change existing stereotypes. Hollywood has created negative images of pawnshops. We operate in the real world. Everyone has to win in every transaction. We communicate clearly with customers so everyone understands how things work, and what they are getting. We remain transparent by reporting to authorities, communicating with local detectives almost daily, keeping a watchful eye on what comes into our stores. Any stolen items are returned to their owners.

You can trust Pawn America. We’re here to stay because we do things right.

Pawn America Headquarters

181 River Ridge Circle S
Burnsville, MN  55337