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Unlike Rent-A-Center's 3000 RTO stores, Get It Now! offers traditional retail credit sales through in-house financing and reports payment histories to a major credit bureau.

Get It Now!, Rent-A-Center's (NASDAQ:RCII) retail subsidiary, is celebrating the grand opening of its 21st store. The 7,630 sq ft store is located in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Unlike Rent-A-Center's 3000 RTO stores, Get It Now! offers traditional retail credit sales through in-house financing and reports payment histories to a major credit bureau.

Rent-A-Center converted its Wisconsin stores to retail in 2002. The company expanded its retail presence into neighboring Illinois in January 2008 with Home Choice. Rent-A-Center operates 8 Home Choice stores in Illinois.

"We've had customers at our other stores tell us their payment histories have helped them qualify for home loans," said Kevin McNulty, district manager for Get It Now! "And they come back to us to help them furnish that new house, which we really appreciate."

"The West Bend area is a logical next step for us," said Mark Schmitz, regional director for Get It Now! "We chose this location because we feel we can offer a service to the local community that no other business can. It also will allow us to service the large customer base that lives between our Fond Du Lac and Milwaukee stores. "

$3,000 in Community Grants Awarded

To show its appreciation for being welcomed to the area, Get It Now! is contributing a total of $3,000 to three local organizations at its grand opening ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. on January 19 at the new store.

A $1,000 donation is being made to the West Bend Community Memorial Library to purchase books and other materials to help people enhance their personal finance knowledge and skills. The West Bend Fire Department and the Full Shelf Food Pantry will both receive grants of $1,000.

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