Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus – the largest independent pet retailer in the United States – today announced it has signed 81 franchise agreements in 2019.
The company welcomed 32 new franchisees to its system this year, accounting for 53 of the 81 new units sold. In addition, 11 existing franchisees reinvested in the business and agreed to build 27 more stores across the country.
Agreements were signed in Texas, New York, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, and California. The South Dakota and Nevada stores will be the first Pet Supplies Plus locations in those states.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to see new franchisees and existing owners continue to invest in our brand,” says Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus. “Coming into the year, we thought we set a lofty-but-attainable unit-growth goal for our system, and we surpassed that number by 30 stores. It’s validation that our candidates and current franchisees believe in the value we provide neighbors and their pets.”
Rowland says a key driver in surpassing the franchise’s projected growth is the ongoing success of converting independent pet store retailers into independently owned and operated Pet Supplies Plus franchise owners. The pet store signed two conversions in Florida this year with one already opened. Additionally, the franchise is in the process of converting six stores, all under the same ownership, in upstate New York.
More information on Pet Supplies Plus franchise opportunities can be found here.