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5 07, 2019

Pet Supplies Plus Issues Consumer Advisory for Bulk Pig Ear Product

2019-07-05T20:16:10-04:00July 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

FDA Investigating Contaminated Pig Ear Treats Connecting to Salmonella

LIVONIA, Mich. — With the recent announcements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating contaminated Pig Ear Treats connecting to Salmonella, Pet Supplies Plus is advising consumers it is recalling bulk pig ear product supplied to all locations by several different vendors due to the potential of Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Individuals infected with Salmonella should monitor for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Bulk pig ears were distributed to Pet Supplies Plus stores in AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI and WV. Bulk pig ears were stocked in open bins. Prepackaged branded pig ears are not included in this voluntary recall.

To date, 45 individuals in 13 states have been diagnosed with Salmonella related illness. However, none of these cases are confirmed to be a result of purchasing pig ears from Pet Supplies Plus.

Testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that aging bulk pig ear product in one of our stores tested positive for Salmonella. We have pulled bulk pig ear product from the shelves at all of our stores and have stopped shipping bulk pig ears from our Distribution Center. We are working with the FDA as they continue their investigation as to what caused the reported Salmonella related illnesses.

Consumers who have purchased bulk pig ears should discontinue use of the product and discard it.  Consumers who have further questions are welcome to contact our Neighbor Service team at 734-793-6564 between Monday and Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT (excluding holidays).

About Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus is focused on making it easier to get better products for your pet. With over 460 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural foods, hard goods and pet services. Headquartered in Livonia, MI., Pet Supplies Plus is ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500® list as the Top Full-Service Pet Supplies Franchise for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength, growth rate and system size. For more information visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

21 06, 2019

Pet Supplies Plus Signs 22 Franchise Agreements in Early 2019, Will Result in 46 New Stores

2019-06-21T13:32:48-04:00June 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

America’s Favorite Neighborhood Pet Store on Track with 2019 Growth Due to ‘Minus the hassle’ Commitment

LIVONIA, Mich. — Pet Supplies Plus, the largest independent pet retailer known for its ‘Minus the hassle,’ brick-and-mortar customer experience, welcomed 46 new franchise store deals in the first half of 2019.

Twenty-two new agreements represent the 46 locations and Pet Supplies Plus has attracted franchisees from varying backgrounds: former corporate positions, military veterans, entrepreneurs, and even an independent pet store owner who is converting to become a Pet Supplies Plus owner. To further validate the strength of the brand, four franchise brokers, who are most familiar with quality franchise opportunities, have signed on to open their own Pet Supplies Plus stores.

The newly signed stores will be developed across Texas, Florida, California, Michigan, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Pet Supplies Plus is attracting franchisees from all walks of life because they see that the convenience model and neighbor-centric company culture is validated through the brands strength in 460 locations. With a passion for pets and a fun environment, people want to own and operate a Pet Supplies Plus because it’s a career that doesn’t feel like work. Franchisees join Pet Supplies Plus to gain best in class corporate support, benefit from the impressive AUV average and be a part of the pet industry that reportedly has year over year growth even during periods of economic decline, according to The American Pet Products Association.

“We consistently add 30 stores a year, in part because franchise candidates know our tagline, ‘Minus the hassle,’ also refers to our franchise opportunity,” said Pet Supplies Plus Chief Executive Officer Chris Rowland. “We ‘minus the hassle’ out of business ownership and handle the back-office duties like merchandising, marketing, supply chain, promotions, pricing and managing social media allowing our franchisees to focus on what they love to do – engaging with neighbors (a term Pet Supplies Plus uses for customers) and building strong store teams.”

Steve Murphy currently owns Pet N’ More in Palm Harbor, Fla., and is the second independent business owner to convert his successful pet store into a Pet Supplies Plus. Knowing the ins and outs of the pet retail world, including its challenges with competitive pricing and the pressures of e-commerce, he and his wife Raffaela realized how the extensive support provided by the established franchise would take their business to the next level. The Murphys follow Bill and Sharon Hannon, who converted their 10-year old independent pet store into a Pet Supplies Plus in Pen Argyl, Pa. in 2017, and increased year-over-year sales by 23 percent. 

As a franchise broker and one of Pet Supplies Plus’s newest franchisees, Michelle Lambert knows a thing or two when it comes to franchise opportunities; on a daily basis she researches countless franchise concepts and recognizes strong franchise opportunities. Michelle is especially excited to be a part of the Pet Supplies Plus pack because it allows her to be an even greater advocate for causes in which she is actively involved, like Leader Dogs for the Blind.

“The franchise broker community has shown interest and made personal investments in our brand, and that speaks volumes to the credibility of the Pet Supplies Plus franchise offer, corporate support provided and systems we’ve set in place to ensure success in the pet retail industry,” said Rowland.

Additionally, six existing franchisees signed franchise agreements further investing in the trusted brand. These six current franchise agreements account for 22 of the new store deals, with one franchise group committed to adding 15 more locations.

Earlier this year, Pet Supplies Plus ranked No. 1 in the pet store category on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500® list for the fifth straight year and No. 46 overall. With 460 stores open in 33 states, PSP is on track to surpass its goal of adding at least 50 stores by year end. 

Those interested in learning more about Pet Supplies Plus can speak with the franchise development team to start the process. To find success as a pet store owner, please call 734.793.6656 or visit www.petsuppliesplusfranchising.com.

ABOUT PET SUPPLIES PLUS

Pet Supplies Plus is focused on making it easier to get better products for your pet. With over 460 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural pet foods, goods and services. Headquartered in Livonia, Mich., PSP ranked No. 46 in Entrepreneur magazine’s 40th Annual Franchise 500® list as the Top Full-Service Pet Supplies Franchise for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and system size.

For more information about Pet Supplies Plus franchise opportunities, visit www.petsuppliesplusfranchising.com.

2 04, 2019

Pet Supplies Plus Celebrates National Pet ID Week with Discounted Microchipping

2019-04-02T22:08:44-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

America’s Favorite Neighborhood Pet Store Partners with VIP Petcare to Lower Microchipping Services to $7 in Effort to Help Reunite Families with Lost Pets

LIVONIA, Mich. — In an effort to help prevent lost pets and also help them find their way back home, Pet Supplies Plus – the largest and most trusted pet retail franchise in the United States – is pleased to announce it will be celebrating National Pet ID Week (April 14 – 20) by offering discounted microchipping services and name identification tags. During the promotion, pet owners can receive the microchipping service for $7, a fraction of the typical cost, in addition to 50% off ID tags for their pets with a purchase of a pet collar.

During this time, participating Pet Supplies Plus stores nationwide will partner with VIP Petcare to offer microchipping vouchers to customers with any in-store purchase of $30 or more. Neighbors can receive their voucher for discounted microchipping April 14-20, while supplies last, at their nearest Pet Supplies Plus store. To find the nearest Pet Supplies Plus store, visit www.petsuppliesplus.com/Store. To find locations with microchipping services, look for locations with VIP Petcare clinics.

Each voucher is for the special discounted rate and is valid through June 3, 2019. Normally, microchipping services at Pet Supplies Plus retail for $19, an already reduced rate compared to traditional microchipping services that range anywhere from $25$75.

With the American Humane Association stating about 10 million pets go missing or are stolen each year, it’s critical for pet owners to understand their best defense against this is microchipping. To help ensure pet owners are well-informed about the process, Pet Supplies Plus has included some essential reasons why the procedure is beneficial:

  • Implanting a microchip is a simple procedure that doesn’t hurt pets. In fact, vets say it’s like getting a vaccine which is a standard wellness procedure.
  • Once it’s implanted, it stays in place, works their entire lifetime and doesn’t expire.
  • Microchips are rice-sized chips that are scannable and contain a pet’s unique number. Think of it as their own social security number.
  • The chip can be scanned by a shelter or vet, and the number is used to find the pet’s owner.
  • It is not a GPS device and does not contain any personal information.

“Our neighbors and their pets are like family whether they’re in our stores or around our communities, so we feel strongly about investing in their well-being,” said Chris Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of Pet Supplies Plus. “It’s truly unfortunate when we hear of situation where a pet is lost so we’re working to increase the chances of pets reuniting with their families in such an event. It’s absolutely necessary that our neighbors have affordable access to microchipping and pet ID tag services, and hope that our partnership with VIP Petcare boosts microchipping rates nationwide.”

Now with more than 450 locations in 33 states across the country, Pet Supplies Plus offers a wide array of natural pet foods, a variety of Made in the USA pet consumables, such as wet and dry food, treats, rawhide and chews. Set in welcoming neighborhood environments, Pet Supplies Plus team members get to know their neighbors and pets by name at every store. Many locations also feature a full offering of grooming services tailored to meet every pet’s needs, including washes, haircuts, body brushing, flea treatment and nail, skin, ear and oral care. For more information, visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

About Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus is focused on making it easier to get better products for your pet. With over 450 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural foods, hard goods and pet services. Headquartered in Livonia, MI., Pet Supplies Plus is ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500® list as the Top Full-Service Pet Supplies Franchise for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength, growth rate and system size. For more information visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.