January 23, 2017 // Franchising.com // DENVER – Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery, a full-line specialty retail and grooming center for cats and dogs, has ranked #448 in Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th Annual Franchise 500® list.
This marks Wag N’ Wash’s inaugural ranking on the prestigious list, which is widely recognized as the world’s “first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking.”
Nearly 1,000 companies were vetted by Entrepreneur’s editorial team for the 2017 ranking. The key factors that went into Entrepreneur's evaluation included costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises were given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores became the Franchise 500 in ranking order.
“We are incredibly proud to make our debut on this exclusive ranking of America’s top franchise opportunities,” said Wag N’ Wash co-founder Dan Remus. “When we opened our first store nearly 20 years ago, we forged a mission to recognize, promote, and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. We have continued to deliver on this promise and are confident that at just 12 locations today, we have significant opportunity for continued growth.”
Founded in 1999 and franchising since 2006, Wag ‘N Wash offers a community for pet enthusiasts to come, find quality goods and services for their pet companions, and simply be pet people. Among the store’s offerings are various brands of all-natural pet foods, high-end supplements, grooming and washing facilities, and cool toys. In addition, an in-house bakery, rare in the pet store market, offers treats such as Liver Bites, Pumpkin Ravioli, Poochie Sushi and a variety of pies, cakes and muffins.
Expert nutritional staff is there to help customers make the best nutritional choices; and all the while, furry friends are mingling throughout the store.
Today, Wag N’ Wash has grown to 12 stores open and operating in six states. One-third of those stores have opened in the last 24 months alone, including the company’s first locations in Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and New Jersey.
With seven additional stores slated to open in 2017, and a rapidly growing number of entrepreneurs looking to join the Wag N’ Wash family, company plans call for having a total of 40 locations in the next few years.
“Every day I see more and more new faces – human and animal alike – come into our stores, and the excitement they express is real. You know they’re both thinking, ‘finally, a business that gets me!’ More than the success of our locations, is the idea that we are providing a unique and positive service to our communities that people need and love,” said Remus.
The 38th Annual Franchise 500 ranking can be found at www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.
Wag ‘N Wash Natural Food & Bakery is a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs that has created a community for pet enthusiasts to come and be pet people. With a mission to recognize, promote, and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other, Wag ‘N Wash provides the full experience – fresh dog treats baking in the oven, natural food, high-end supplements, clean grooming and wash facilities and cool toys. There are currently 12 stores open and operating in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and New Jersey, with several others in various stages of development across the country. For more information, visit www.wagnwash.com.
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