Rent-A-Center is one of the largest rent-to-own operators in the United States. At September 30, 2017 Rent-A-Center operated 2,500 stores nationwide, Canada and in Mexico, and is a franchiser of approximately 230 rent-to-own stores. Our stores generally offer high quality durable products such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that typically allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed-upon rental period. These rental purchase agreements are designed to appeal to a wide variety of customers by allowing them to obtain merchandise that they might otherwise be unable to obtain due to insufficient cash resources or a lack of access to credit. These agreements also cater to customers who only have a temporary need, or who simply desire to rent rather than purchase the merchandise.