Pet Supplies Plus in Livonia, one of the largest independent pet retailers in North America, has announced it has signed 69 new store commitments in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nebraska, New York, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.
Of the new stores committed to this year, 25 are with existing franchise owners, and 44 are with new franchise owners. The new franchisees come with a wide variety of experience across many different industries, including backgrounds in real estate, finance, law, veterinary medicine, and software. The company currently operates of 560 locations in 36 states.
“It’s incredible to watch our franchise lead in one of the hottest industries out there. Not only are our existing owners increasing their number of locations, but we’re also adding new owners to our pack who are eager to cater to the growing demand of pet ownership,” says Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus.
The store carries exclusive private labels to the fully stocked shelves carrying a wide assortment of natural pet foods, goods, and services, Pet Supplies Plus aims to provide pet-lovers with a conveniently located, one-stop shop in their neighborhood.
“Providing a ‘Minus the hassle’ experience is something we take pride in, not only for our neighbors, but also our franchise owners,” says Rowland. “We provide purchasing power and hands-on support with eCommerce, merchandising, marketing, supply chain logistics, and other retail processes. This allows our owners more time to get into the storefront and community to build strong local connections with their neighborhood pet parents.”
The pet retailer, named number one in the Pet Category for the seventh consecutive year by Entrepreneur magazine, continues to attract entrepreneurs from all walks of life, including those who are looking to switch careers or leave corporate America. He says the company’s understanding that local retail works best when powered by a passion-driven franchise owner who is backed by a large organization providing support and services for all.