Former pawn shop manager opens his own business

Sept. 6, 2018

After managing a corporate pawn shop for a number of years, Drew Williams decided it was time to start his own business.

Great Plains Pawn opened a month ago at 1007 W. 41st St.

“We’re at the stage of building inventory,” Williams said. His team, which includes three of his former co-workers at First National Pawn, is buying items from customers and taking pawns. They’re also selling items and are willing to barter.

Jacob Treloar, owner Drew Williams, Cody Christenson and Kyle Plank

Williams set up Great Plains’ loan policy with the goal of beating his competitors’ rates. For loans of 10 days or less, Great Plains offers a 10 percent rate. That’s also the 30-day rate for loans of more than $1,000 and for firearms. The pawn shop has applied for a license to buy and sell firearms and expects to receive that in the next couple of weeks.

The team also offers a refinishing service for firearms using a cerakote coating, which offers hundreds of colors and the best protection, Williams said.

He takes pride in the fact that Great Plains isn’t a cluttered, dirty-smelling pawn shop.

“We’re definitely going to be the cleanest one in town.”

The pawn shop is in a 5,000-square-foot space, and Williams envisions being able to grow.

“We have the option to expand in the retail center. There’s 3,000 square feet next door.”

The pawn shop is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former pawn shop manager opens his own business

After managing a corporate pawn shop for a number of years, Drew Williams decided it was time to start his own business.

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