March 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // Carmel, Ind. – For a second consecutive year, Wild Birds Unlimited, the largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores, has been recognized as the Best of the Best, No. 1 in the Retail Category, in Franchise Business Review’s annual list of the top franchise opportunities.
The burgeoning retail franchise also ranked No. 7 in Large Class for franchise concepts with more than 250 units, and was honored in the ranking’s inaugural Hall of Fame, which features companies that have appeared on the list for 10 consecutive years.
Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, annually recognizes franchisors based on its survey of franchisees. To find their 2015 Top Franchises, Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 28,500 franchisees, representing more than 350 franchise brands. The survey included 33 benchmark questions, relating to the franchisee’s experience and satisfaction as well as market area, business lifestyle and other demographic characteristics.
“The key to operating a successful franchise system is ensuring our franchisees are satisfied and we are honored to be continuously recognized by Franchise Business Reviews,” said Jim Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited. “We are looking forward to a productive and prosperous year as we continue to expand our footprint across North America.”
With nearly 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, 2014 marked the fourth consecutive year of same-store sales increases for the brand, with a 3.79 percent increase more than 2013. In addition, the company signed 12 transfer owner franchise agreements and opened 10 stores. The franchise is targeting 15 new stores openings for 2015 in markets such as Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Albany, NY, Fredericksburg, VA and Roanoke, VA.
For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, visit their website at www.wbu.com or visit Franchise Business Review for more information regarding this award.
Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 280 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Wild Birds Unlimited recently ranked No. 9 overall and No. 1 in the Retail category on Franchise Business Review’s prestigious 2015 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards Top 200 Franchises list. Visit our website and shop online at www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.
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