Livonia’s Pet Supplies Plus signed 22 new franchise agreements in early 2019 that will result in 46 new stores in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California, Kentucky, and New Hampshire.
The new franchisees, according to Pet Supplies Plus, have varying backgrounds: former corporate positions, military veterans, entrepreneurs, and an independent pet store owner who is converting to become a Pet Supplies Plus owner.
“We consistently add 30 stores a year, in part because franchise candidates know our tagline, ‘Minus the hassle,’ also refers to our franchise opportunity,” says Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus.
“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 the company uses for customers) and building strong store teams.”
Earlier this year, Pet Supplies Plus ranked No. 1 in the pet store category on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for the fifth straight year and No. 46 overall. With 460 stores open in 33 states, the company is on track to surpass its goal of adding at least 50 stores by year end.