LIVONIA, Mich., Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The majority of American dog and cat owners still purchase their food in a traditional store even with the growing number of online retailers, a new study reports. America’s favorite neighborhood pet store, Pet Supplies Plus, is clearly proof of this pattern, moving up 17 places to rank 32nd on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious 2018 Franchise 500® list. With 11 new franchisees added in 2017 and expansion into 3 new states, Pet Supplies Plus opened its 423rd store last year and expects to open at least fifty more stores in 2018.
“Over the last 30 years, Pet Supplies Plus has focused on growing our company through establishing a proven path for successful franchising, offering a supportive corporate team and competitive royalty fees,” said Chris Rowland, Pet Supplies Plus Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited to have moved up in the ranks of Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500® and are thankful for our dedicated franchisees who continue to make this possible.”
On top of consumer demand, Pet Supplies Plus stores have been able to expand by differentiating themselves through strengthening their community ties, making a positive influence in neighborhoods and getting to know each customer who walks through the doors. In addition to being a one stop shop for a wide selection of natural foods, goods and pet services, the business serves as a helping hand to local animal shelters, non-profits and rescue organizations by hosting year-round adoption events, food and product donations and fundraisers. Pet Supplies Plus franchisees are a different breed of leaders that have a passion to serve, a genuine love for animals and a dedication to being a resource to their communities.
With the U.S. pet industry expected to reach $96 billion by 2020, Pet Supplies Plus welcomes driven entrepreneurs to join their front running team. Franchisees come from all different professional backgrounds including working for Fortune 500 companies, for the military, as multi-concept franchise owners looking to expand their business profile and as people looking for an active retirement plan. They’re also in the process transitioning strong independent pet store owners to Pet Supplies Plus owners which will allow them to still run their own business with more support and effective systems.
Pet Supplies Plus is focused on expansion in neighborhoods all over the country, seeking qualified franchise partners to develop its presence in Colorado, Texas, Florida, Virginia, California,