Pinch A Penny is committed to helping athletes of all walks of life enjoy the sport of swimming and are proud partners of SOTX!

September 29, 2020 | Updated: September 29, 2020

We sat down with our friends at Pinch A Penny to gain some insight on their work with SOFL and SOTX as well as what continues to drive them forward. We are so thankful for their support and for all that they do for SOTX athletes.

Pinch a Penny

About Pinch A Penny: Pinch A Penny is America's Largest Franchised Retail Pool Supply and Service Company, with over 255 stores across 5 states. Their direction is quite simple: they strive to be unrivaled in providing value, quality, and service to their customers. Since opening its first store in 1975, Pinch A Penny has become the largest franchised retail pool, patio and spa company. A family-owned business, Pinch A Penny began with the Thomas family opening a discount store within an industrial park in Clearwater, Florida. This first store evolved into a full-time, full-service retail pool supply store offering everything needed to operate and enjoy a swimming pool or spa. Pinch A Penny carries a wide variety of products such as chemicals, equipment, patio furniture, giftware, toys and floats.

What is your company’s philosophy on philanthropy? 

Pinch A Penny is committed to promoting swim safety, fitness and a lifetime enjoyment of swimming. Our “Be The Splash” charity program provides funding to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide national programming or services addressing swim safety, competitive swimming and promoting fitness in the pool.
Why did your company choose to partner with SOTX? 

Our company started 45 years ago in Clearwater Florida and over those years, we have grown to over 250 pool stores in the state of Florida.   For about 20 of those years, we have had the privilege of partnering with Special Olympics Florida on all of their swimming and diving efforts.   As we have expanded into Texas over the last couple of years, partnering with SOTX was a no brainer because of the wonderful relationship we have with SOFL.   We are truly committed to helping athletes of all walks of life, enjoy the sport of swimming and are very proud of the partnerships we have built with Special Olympics to deliver on that. 
How long has your company been active with SOTX and in what capacities (i.e. Special Events, Volunteerism, Programming, etc.)?
This is our 2nd year partnering with SOTX and we are a Statewide Sponsor and the Official sponsor of the Fall Classic Games.   With 20 stores throughout the state of TX, we encourage all of our owner operators to get involved at the local level, whether it be the swim meets, polar plunge or other great events that SOTX puts on.  
How has your company had to shift it’s business practice in response to COVID-19?
Our stores have been vital to communities in order to keep bodies of water clean and safe from harmful bacteria.  Whether it be our pool technicians cleaning backyard pools or helping Mom or Dad understand the chemicals they need to keep their pool clean, we have been there for the community.    With everyone being at home during this time, the backyard pool was a center of entertainment for most families and we ensured our customers were able to enjoy the family time swimming in their backyards.  We have had to make adjustments in the retail stores to ensure all of our team members as well as customers are safe while shopping and we are taking all proper precautions to do that.  
What is one thing you would like to express to our audience about your company? 

Each of our 260 locations are locally owned and operated by families who live in the community they serve.  Our owners are in their stores everyday to ensure that their neighbors pools are perfect so that they can enjoy their backyards with their families!  

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Learn more about the Be The Splash program

Thank you for all that you do for the community, Pinch A Penny!