Welcome to Buddy’s Home Furnishings! We’re glad you decided to check us out. If you’re considering owning or investing in a rent-to-own franchise, thank you for looking at Buddy’s.

Considering a franchise is a tough choice. Ask yourself why Buddy’s?

Buddy’s is a family-owned business that does “Rent To Own” everyday! We keep it simple… we treat our customers (YOU) how you deserve to be treated, “like family.” We develop marketing programs for our corporate stores that you are welcome to use or we will customize your own. We negotiate purchasing discounts and we pass every penny of savings back to your business. We also lead the industry in technology, have solid training programs for your employees, and most of all, we care about your success.

At Buddy’s, it’s not about being the largest company; it’s about being the best company in each pocket of the country where we do business. In order to do that, we have to select great entrepreneurs and “Rent To Own” operators, give them a proven business model, allow autonomy to run their business, provide the tools to be successful, and most of all, be there when they need support.

As of today, these values are paying off. We have nearly 200 stores with many more to come!

Make the right choice and give us a call!

For more information please contact:


Ben Green
Director of Franchise Sales
[email protected]
ph: 813-321-0423 

Tracy Cintron
Franchise Coordinator
[email protected]
ph813.321.0421 office
fax 866.360.5005

To download the Franchise Application, please click here.

To download the Prospective Franchise Confidentiality Agreement, please click here.


To help give everyone the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by providing them with a large selection of quality name brand products they may not have access to or the ability to acquire elsewhere. To become the leader in customer satisfaction by providing the highest quality customer relations/service through maintaining values such as fairness, honesty, integrity, and respect to our customers and staff members. We recognize that this is a relationship business and have created a priority and culture that “Buddy’s Customer Service” should exceed all competition.



Over the last 50 years, BUDDY’S Home Furnishings has built our business one satisfied customer at a time. Buddy Bi-Rite, known today as BUDDY’S Home Furnishings, was founded in 1961 by Mr. Norman “Slat” Slatton, Sr. He had a dream to serve the demands of the growing Tampa Bay area. Today, BUDDY’S is the largest independent “Rental Purchase / Lease Ownership” dealer in the country with almost 120 locations nationwide. BUDDY’S offers flexible payment options including weekly Rental Purchase programs, monthly Lease Ownership programs or Up to Six Months Same as Cash financing. We also offer instant approval, so you can start enjoying your new merchandise sooner. And with BUDDY’S lifetime reinstatement program, you’ll never lose a dollar you’ve invested with us.



Jamie Slatton – Owner, CEO

Joe Gazzo – President

Terry Beville – Vice President/CFO

Jon Gazzo – Controller

Jim Whitney – Director of Franchise Operations

Marc Edelman – General Counsel

Chris Koch – Director of Marketing



  • Operations
  • HR/Legal
  • Training
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • MIS
  • Financing