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28 06, 2024

As Value of Pet Industry Rises, Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash Announce Double-Digit Mid-Year Growth

2024-06-28T20:30:20-04:00June 28th, 2024|Tags: , , |

Pet Retail Franchise Brands Continue to Lead the Pack with Consistent Growth and Proven Business Model

LIVONIA, Mich. — As the economic output of franchising is expected to reach $893.9 billion this year, two pet retail franchise brands maintain their position as leaders with consistent, yet rapid growth. Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash report double-digit mid-year growth with 23 sold franchise agreements and 16 store openings. While each franchise has a unique offering, both legacy brand Pet Supplies Plus and emerging concept Wag N’ Wash have the billion-dollar backing of 30+ years of franchise and industry experience.

As the largest pet retail franchise in North America, Pet Supplies Plus continues to be the number one player within its sector by providing best in class support, technology, and buying power, with the lowest fees in the industry. Wag N’ Wash, the emerging self-wash, grooming and natural pet food franchise, has grown its store count by 100% since being acquired in early 2022 and opened its first location in South Carolina in May. Collectively, the brands are projected to sell a total of 70 franchise units and open at least 45 stores by year-end.

More than 65% of U.S. households have a pet, and with consumer spending in the pet industry increasing year over year, there is vast potential within both the Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash franchise opportunities.

“Heading into 2024, we were focused on growing Pet Supplies Plus’s footprint and bringing Wag N’ Wash to new markets, and we’ve achieved some of these goals and are making strong progress on others,” said Nick Russo, Chief Development and Stores Officer of PSP Group. “We are continuing to receive high interest in both franchise opportunities, especially from existing franchisees who are looking to diversify their portfolios with a concept that is primed for success in a thriving industry. With the stability of both brands and strength of each system, the future couldn’t look any brighter.”

The success of Pet Supplies Plus has not gone unnoticed. The brand was recently named the top pet franchise in Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500®, the world’s first and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Landing No. 21 on the overall list, this is the tenth consecutive year Pet Supplies Plus earned the top spot in its category. The franchise brand also earned a ranking on Forbes’ inaugural list of ‘Best Customer Service’ – which is a core pillar for the brand. Both of these prestigious awards further position Pet Supplies Plus as an industry leader, for both franchising and pet retail.

In addition to prioritizing innovation to meet the changing needs and wants of its consumers with private brand offerings and new launches, Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash are rooted in a booming industry and supported with advanced marketing strategies, supply chain efficiencies and omni-channel shopping options. Additionally, FRANdata, a leading research and advisory firm that analyzes the franchise market, reports that Pet Supplies Plus’s 2023 FUND Score is 905 out of 950 – this means Pet Supplies Plus franchisees have access to the best credit terms including fixed rate financing, low equity payments and easier processes.

Both Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash are actively seeking single and multi-unit owners to join their growing families. To learn more about the Pet Supplies Plus franchise opportunity, visit petsuppliesplusfranchising.com. To learn more about the Wag N’ Wash franchise opportunity, visit wagnwashfranchising.com.

About Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus, a subsidiary of Franchise Group, Inc., is focused on making it easier to get better products and services for your pet. With 730 locations in 43 states and counting, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural pet foods, goods, and services. Additionally, petsuppliesplus.com provides neighbors with additional shopping options to better meet their pet-shopping needs. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Pet Supplies Plus ranked No. 21 in Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500® list and No. 44 on Forbes’ list of ‘Best Customer Service’ brands in 2023. For more information on Pet Supplies Plus franchise opportunities, visit petsuppliesplusfranchising.com.

About Wag N’ Wash
Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line dog grooming and self-wash specialty retail destination, has a mission to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. Wag N’ Wash provides full-service grooming, self-wash facilities, baked dog treats, natural food, supplements, and toys. Wag N’ Wash has ranked on Denver Business Journal’s Colorado-Based Franchisors List, Franchise Times’ Top 200+ List and Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchisees List. Today, there are 24 Wag N’ Wash locations open across the nation. To learn more about Wag N’ Wash, please visit wagnwashfranchising.com.

18 05, 2024

Pet Rescue Advocate Hosts Third Annual ‘Paws, Pals, and Pet Supplies Plus’ Adoption Event

2024-05-18T18:26:29-04:00May 18th, 2024|Tags: , , |

As Critical Need for Pet Adoption Continues to Rise, Leading Pet Retailer Invites Neighbors to Family-Friendly Event with Adoptable Dogs and Cats

LIVONIA, Mich. — With an estimated 6.3 million animals being surrendered to shelters annually, there arises a vital necessity for a surge in pet adoption. In response to this pressing concern, Pet Supplies Plus, the largest and most trusted pet retail franchise in the United States, has announced its third annual, family-friendly, ‘Paws, Pals, and Pet Supplies Plus’ adoption event.

With live music, refreshments, and swag, the free event will take place at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oakland University Credit Union is the exclusive presenting partner of Meadow Brook Amphitheatre.

Centered on support for rescue groups and their adoptable animals, over 20 shelters and rescues from the metro Detroit area will showcase dogs and cats available for adoption on-site. While numerous pets may find their forever homes on the same day, adoption availability may differ among shelters.

“Reflecting on last year’s success helping over 80 animals find their forever homes, we’re thrilled to continue our tradition,” said Chris Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash. “At Pet Supplies Plus, we’re not just pet lovers; we’re pet advocates, striving to create a world where every animal is treated with the love, respect, and the care they deserve. We welcome all of our neighbors who are eager to open their hearts and homes to a furry companion to join us at this special event.”

Free pet giveaways, including dog and cat treats, plush dog toys, and frisbees, will be available from event sponsors including Purina, Stella & Chewy, and Merrick. Attendees will also have the opportunity to stuff a KONG and donate it to a local shelter on-site.

With a mission of creating more awareness on the value and need for pet adoption, Pet Supplies Plus, and its emerging sister brand, Wag N Wash, recently launched a nationwide initiative to help 15,000 dogs and cats get adopted in 2024. Combined, the brands have helped more than 3800 pets find their forever homes year to date.

Pet Supplies Plus offers a wide array of natural pet foods and a variety of US-made pet consumables, including food, treats, rawhide and chews. Every store is set in welcoming neighborhood environments and supported by team members who get to know their neighbors and pets by name. Full-service grooming, self-serve pet wash stations and fresh bakery treats are also available in-store at many locations. Furthermore, neighbors can fill prescriptions online and receive home delivery for quality medications and specialty diets. Whether shopping in-store or online, choosing local is easy. For more information, visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

About Pet Supplies Plus
Your neighborhood Pet Supplies Plus has everything you need for your furry, scaly and feathery friends. Our shelves are stocked with the right products, including a wide selection of natural and made in the USA products. Easily find all their favorites at prices you love, whether you shop with us in store or online using free curbside pickup, same-day delivery or Autoship. To help keep your pets happy and healthy, pet prescriptions can be filled online and delivered directly to your door. As the nation’s largest independent pet store with over 720 locations in 42 states and counting, we make shopping local simple. For more information visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

4 05, 2024

Pet Supplies Plus & Wag N’ Wash Commit to Helping 15,000 Dogs and Cats Get Adopted This Year

2024-05-04T11:54:04-04:00May 4th, 2024|Tags: , , |

Leading Pet Retailers Launch Nationwide Initiative to Promote and Enhance Pet Adoptions

LIVONIA, Mich. — As more than six million pets are surrendered each year, there is a critical and immediate need for adoptions to take place across the U.S. To combat this growing issue, and in recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30), Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash have launched a nationwide initiative to help 15,000 dogs and cats get adopted in 2024. Year to date, the brands have helped more than 3,214 pets find their forever homes.

There are many reasons as to why an animal enters a shelter – from being surrendered by a previous owner, to being born into a shelter, to being found on the streets and then brought to a shelter. Recognizing the importance and need of finding loving homes for shelter animals, Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash will work alongside local rescues and shelters to host monthly adoption events in stores across the nation.

“It’s no secret that pets play a crucial role in each of our families, many making a bigger difference in our lives than we even realize,” said Chris Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash. “This year, we will be able to rewrite the narratives of 15,000 dogs and cats as they find loving families to call their own. We invite you to join in our commitment in making a difference, one adoption at a time.”

In addition to helping 15,000 pets get adopted, both Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash aim to create more awareness on the significance as well as the positive impact adoptions can have on both pets and their prospective families.

  • Whether a typical pet, emotional support animal, etc., 97% of pet owners consider their pet to be a true member of their family.
  • As of this year, 66% of U.S. households own a pet which is a 56% increase compared to 1988.
  • 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year, showing that millions of families have been able to make a difference in an animal’s life by giving them a forever home.
  • More cats are adopted each year compared to dogs, and more cats are admitted to animal shelters.
  • The number of euthanized dogs and cats have largely declined within the last decade, from 2.6 million in 2011 to approximately 920,000 annually, largely due to the increase in pet adoptions.

Part of each brand’s identity and mission, Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash foster a culture of compassion for the well-being of all animals. With the brand’s combined store count growing at a rapid rate, the pet retail brands plan to make a significant impact on the lives of thousands of pets through this new initiative.

Pet Supplies Plus offers a wide array of natural pet foods and a variety of US-made pet consumables, including food, treats, rawhide and chews. Every store is set in welcoming neighborhood environments and supported by team members who get to know their neighbors and pets by name. Full-service grooming, self-serve pet wash stations and fresh bakery treats are also available in-store at many locations. Furthermore, neighbors can fill prescriptions online and receive home delivery for quality medications and specialty diets. Whether shopping in-store or online, choosing local is easy. For more information, visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

Each Wag N’ Wash location offers both a self-serve pet wash station and full-service grooming salon. In the self-serve pet wash area, neighbors are met with a self-wash attendant who provides aprons, towels, dry brushes, wet scrub brushes, shampoo, conditioner, and cologne spray. In the full-service grooming salon, neighbors work with our top-tier, professional groomers to provide full-service grooming, including nail trims, ear cleanings, and more. With services being a primary part of the business, each Wag N’ Wash also offers a variety of dog and cat products such as supplements, pet food, collars and leashes, toys, supplies and other unique goods. For more information, visit www.wagnwash.com.

About Pet Supplies Plus:
Your neighborhood Pet Supplies Plus has everything you need for your furry, scaly and feathery friends. Its shelves are stocked with the right products, including a wide selection of natural and made in the USA products. Easily find all their favorites at prices you love, whether you shop in store or online using free curbside pickup, same-day delivery or Autoship. To help keep your pets happy and healthy, pet prescriptions can be filled online and delivered directly to your door. As the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 720 locations in 42 states and counting, Pet Supplies Plus makes shopping local simple. For more information visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

About Wag N’ Wash
Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line dog grooming and self-wash specialty retail destination, has a mission to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. Wag N’ Wash provides full-service grooming, self-wash facilities, baked dog treats, natural food, supplements, and toys. In 2020, Wag N’ Wash was ranked on Denver Business Journal’s Colorado-Based Franchisors List, Franchise Times Top 200+ List and Included on Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchisees List for the third year. Today, there are 25 Wag N’ Wash locations open across the nation. To learn more about Wag N’ Wash, please visit https://www.wagnwashfranchising.com/.

24 02, 2022

Pet Supplies Plus Acquires Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming

2022-02-24T10:03:20-05:00February 24th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , |

Prominent Pet Retailer Purchases Emerging Brand to Scale Specialty Retail.

LIVONIA, Mich. — Pet Supplies Plus, (“PSP” or the “Company”) the largest independent pet retailer in North America with over 600 stores in 39 states, announced today it has acquired Wag N’ Wash, an emerging natural pet food, self-wash, and grooming franchise with over 15 locations.

Each brand will continue to operate as separate entities, providing pet product knowledge, personalized service and a distinct playful, local shopping experience in their respective communities. All Wag N’ Wash corporate team members will remain at Wag Central and continue to be instrumental in growing the business.

Pet Supplies Plus offers a convenient selection of services, prescription fulfillment, and a full assortment of pet products for all types of furry, scaly and feathery friends, including live animals, while Wag N’ Wash is mainly centered on self-wash, grooming services, and natural food options primarily for dogs and select cat items. Both franchise systems have healthy unit economics as demand for pet products and services continues to grow and pet parents remain loyal to shopping local.

“The acquisition presents mutual benefits for franchisees, neighbors and guests of both brands,” said Pet Supplies Plus CEO Chris Rowland. “Pet Supplies Plus neighbors will see no change and will continue to receive the same neighborly service and access to all the same products for all types of pets. Wag N’ Wash guests will continue to enjoy this fun and passionate brand’s specialty offerings, but now will have access to an even greater assortment of products.”

Rowland noted that new and existing franchise owners will have the opportunity to open a store under the Wag N’ Wash or Pet Supplies Plus name, depending on what makes most sense for the market.

“Being under the Pet Supplies Plus umbrella company allows Wag N’ Wash to unlock a new level of purchasing power, funding to advance expansion and collective negotiation for strategic placement in territories that may not make sense for a Pet Supplies Plus store,” he said. “Because Wag N’ Wash’s specialty products and services are focused mainly on dogs, Pet Supplies Plus can further develop its presence in current and new markets without interfering with the neighbor’s expectations of our brand.”

Wag N’ Wash Vice President Kristen Risby said the acquisition adds value to all parties involved. “Our owners find joy in serving their communities and pets well,” she said. “Now, they can do this with enhanced resources, such as best-in-class fulfillment and assortment though a collective supply chain, back-office functionality and technology, pricing and cost support and more. It’s a win for everyone from the franchise owners to the guests and their pets.”

Wag N’ Wash original founders Jef Strauss and Dan Remus will remain on for a minimum of two years. “As the pet landscape evolves, this will allow the brand to reach its full potential by reaching more guests at a better pace,” Remus said.

Strauss added, “Culture was very important to us when looking for a partner. Both Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N’ Wash believes in community, local retail and a fun experience in our stores. This was the right fit. With strong infrastructure behind them, passionate owners can build local relationships and deliver the ultimate experiential retail experience.”

The acquisition supports PSP’s commitment to grow the independent pet specialty channel, while equipping franchisees with best-in-class support to focus on what they love most – fostering relationships at the local level with guests and their pets.

About Wag N’ Wash
Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, has a mission to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. Wag N’ Wash provides fresh-baked dog treats, natural food, supplements, full-service grooming and self-wash facilities and toys. In 2020, Wag N’ Wash was ranked on Denver Business Journal’s Colorado-Based Franchisors List, Franchise Times Top 200+ List and Included on Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchisees List for the third year. Today, there are over 15 Wag N’ Wash locations open across the nation. To learn more about Wag N’ Wash, please visit https://wagnwash.com.

About Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus, a subsidiary of Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG), is focused on making it easier to get better products and services for your pet. With over 600 locations in 39 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural pet foods, goods, and services. Additionally, www.petsuppliesplus.com provides neighbors with additional shopping options to better meet their pet-shopping needs.  Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Pet Supplies Plus ranked No. 20 in Entrepreneur magazine’s 43rd Annual Franchise 500® list as of 2022, and is ranked as the Top Full-Service Pet Supplies Franchise for the eighth year running for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and system size. For more information on Pet Supplies Plus franchise opportunities, visit www.petsuppliesplusfranchising.com.

1 05, 2020

A Commitment to Customers – and Their Pets – Results in Strong Loyalty

2020-05-01T15:01:35-04:00May 1st, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As social distancing became the new norm, Wag N’ Wash in Lakeville, Minnesota, not only offered curbside pickup for customers – but also a big furry surprise. Customers received their orders courtesy of the Easter Bunny! By Rochelle Miller

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