Pet Supplies Plus, the largest independent pet retailer in North America with over 660 stores in 41 states, and Wag N' Wash, the emerging grooming, self-wash, and natural pet food franchise, are expanding in the Northeastern United States through their latest acquisition of 20 Loyal Companion Pet Stores from their Parent Company, Independent Pet Partners. Of these twenty stores located in MA, MD, ME, NH, and VA, ten will be Pet Supplies Plus stores and ten will be Wag N' Wash stores.

Pet Supplies Plus offers pet parents a convenient, high-touch shopping experience featuring a full assortment of pet products for all types of furry, scaly, and feathery friends, hard goods, and supplements along with self-wash and grooming. Wag N' Wash focuses on grooming services, self-wash, along with natural food options, supplements, and hard goods primarily for dogs.

"This is an incredible way to start the year, as this acquisition allows Pet Supplies Plus and Wag 'N Wash to considerably grow their presence throughout the Northeast in a brief period," says Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N' Wash.

While eight of the converted stores are corporate stores for now, twelve are owned by the company's first dual-branded franchisee group comprised of Caitlin Greene, Ryan Greene, and Ray Vigneault. Through this acquisition, Greene, Greene and Vigneault will grow their portfolio by 8 Pet Supplies Plus stores and four Wag N' Wash stores, bringing their totals store count to thirty-seven comprised of 28 Pet Supplies Plus stores and 9 Wag N' Wash stores.

"Over the last few years, we've grown with Pet Supplies Plus and more recently, with Wag N' Wash. This new acquisition is yet another opportunity to expand our multi-unit, multi-brand portfolio and serve more pet parents through our vast service offerings," says franchisee Ray Vigneault.

This acquisition will also grow Wag N' Wash's national store count from 14 to 24 with several dozen more in the pipeline to open within the next few years. Wag N' Wash is especially excited to open a corporate Wag N' Wash near their headquarters in Michigan this Spring.

"We would like to thank everyone involved who helped execute this acquisition so quickly and so smoothly. We are incredibly excited to bring even more neighbors the best-in-class products and services that Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N' Wash offer," says Nick Russo, Chief Development and Stores Officer of Pet Supplies Plus.

The company plans to convert the eight recently acquired locations operating as corporate stores to franchisee-owned stores within the next few months. "We always want to take advantage of prime real estate and strong customer bases and are already in discussions with qualified franchise owners who are excited to add Pet Supplies Plus and Wag N' Wash to their portfolios," says Russo.