If you grew up in the right part of town in the 80’s and 90’s, you may have remembered those “Rent-a-Center” stores. You knew that if you drove past one of those, you may not have been on the right side of town. You’d see window decals that advertised their six-month, same as cash deals. If you were lucky, these storefronts would allow you to use your pending tax return as credit for the rental agreement. Rent-a-Center’s are peppered across America, often in places that few people in this community would frequent. With nearly 35% of the market and 2,970 stores, Rent-a-Center (RAC) has undoubtedly shaped America’s perception of the access economy. And until recently, the perception around access hasn’t been positive.
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