EarthWise growth leads to higher ranking in the booming pet industry

EarthWise growth leads to higher ranking in the booming pet industry

An emblem in yellow with a blue border and a grey banner across the middle reads, Franchise Connect Top 100 Pet Franchises 2021.

EarthWise Pet Supply ranked among Top 25 Pet Businesses, Top 100 Pet Franchises

Our steadfastness during the challenging year that was 2020 and our continued growth contributed to our rise in one business ranking and our inclusion in another. It’s an accomplishment that stands out in a strong season for the pet industry, which topped $100 billion in spending in 2020, according to the American Pet Products Association.

Our Top 25 Pet Retailers ranking in Pet Business jumped from No. 22 to No. 19, partly based on eight new store openings. We were also included in the TOP 100 Pet Franchises in Franchise Connect Magazine.

According to Pet Business, we were among the six pet franchises in the ranking who contributed half of the new pet-related stores opened in 2020.

“In a year marked by a worldwide pandemic, a volatile economic picture, social unrest and even natural disasters, the pet industry’s biggest retail chains continued to thrive by leveraging their unique strengths while developing new channels to reach customers,” writes Mark Kalaygian of Pet Business, a trusted trade media brand.

Sitki Kazanci, publisher of Franchise Connect Magazine, writes in the March-April issue that the pet industry is doing better than ever after so many people turned their attention toward companion animals during the pandemic. 

“You do the math, and it all adds up: Pet franchises have seen a huge surge in demand for their goods and services,” he writes. You can find EarthWise Pet’s listing on pages 22-23.

Why EarthWise has a strong retail side

Although many retail businesses have struggled, EarthWise has some advantages that have helped us remain competitive in the retail arena. Our franchise owners and their staff are trained on each line of all-natural pet food we carry, and every EarthWise location has at least one employee who is a certified Pet Nutrition Specialist.

It’s that sort of first-hand knowledge that brings our customers back again and again. We carry boutique brands of dog and cat food that consumers can’t find in big-box retail stores, and we maintain our education on the nutritional needs of pets. Knowing they can call or come to an EarthWise and learn the best type of food for a cat with diabetes or a dog with a sensitive stomach makes a difference.

We also supplemented our home-delivery service during the pandemic with curbside pickup in many of our locations. Combining customer intimacy and exclusive, premium brands with the convenience of online shopping has kept us moving forward quickly.

A great time for a pet franchise

It is undeniably a great time for a pet supply franchise, and of course we think you should give EarthWise strong consideration. We are a family-owned franchise that has never sold pets, only the pet supplies that make their lives healthier and happier. We’ve been around for over 40 years, and we are committed to pets and the people who love them. Our stores boast a small footprint and offer both full-service grooming and self-wash stations for additional streams of revenue.

Consider an EarthWise franchise

EarthWise is looking for entrepreneurial-minded people who are passionate about pet care. We have an excellent training and support system and a long track record of success. You’ve found the right industry — it’s resilient, it’s growing, and it has already capped $100 billion. Now it’s time to find the right franchise in that industry.

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