St. Mary’s County Couple Bringing Specialty Pet Retailer to California
By Natalie Passarelli, Franchise Elevator Pr
Published on: May 9, 2016
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Longtime St. Mary’s County residents and former owners of St. Mary’s Veterinary Hospital, Anne and Dr. Kirk Forrest, are looking to create a community for pet enthusiasts to come and be pet people in California. The couple is slated to open Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery in the San Souci Shopping Plaza at 22589 MacArthur Boulevard in June.
The new store will be the chain’s first location on the East Coast, which currently has nine units throughout Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Wag N’ Wash to Southern Maryland,” said Anne Forrest. “After getting to know the franchise owners and staff, we knew that Wag N’ Wash was the perfect fit for us. Their passion for animals, as well as their exceptional service, is the same philosophy we had while operating the veterinary hospital.”
The Forrests are no strangers to the local pet community. Shortly after moving to St. Mary’s County in 1987, they took over St. Mary’s Veterinary Hospital and operated the business for 22 years before selling it to the Veterinary Centers of America in 2009.
“After selling the practice, we were interested in getting back into business and wanted to stay close to the local pet community. We loved the idea of providing a unique and positive service to our community that people need and love,” Anne added. “Wag N’ Wash offers a tremendous opportunity of us to provide dogs, cats and even their humans with a unique experience unlike any other. Where else can you wash ‘em, feed ‘em, and spoil ‘em all in one cool place?”
Advertised as “one cool place,” 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 for dogs and cats, high-end supplements, grooming and washing facilities, and cool toys. In addition, an in-house bakery, rare in the pet store market, offers unique treats such as Peanut Butter Pie, Beef & Turkey Loaf, Liver Bites & Brownies, and a variety of pies, cakes and muffins using human grade ingredients.
Expert nutritional staff is there to help customers make the best nutritional choices; and all the while, furry friends are mingling throughout the store.
“We’ll be more than a pet store or grooming shop. We’ll be a team of pet lovers who are strongly dedicated to enhancing the lives of cats and dogs, as well as providing pet parents expert advice that will help them transition their pets to a healthier lifestyle,” said Dr. Kirk.
The Forrests also have plans to host communal events such as local pet adoptions, dog and cat vaccinations, and pet wellness seminars. “We want our store to also be a resource for pet parents wanting to transition their pets to a healthier lifestyle,” Dr. Kirk added. “We pride ourselves in being pet lovers who understand that they are also beloved family members. Our team will be dedicated to enhancing the lives of dogs and cats right here in California.”
About Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery
Founded in 1999 and franchising since 2006, 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, full service grooming and self-wash facilities and cool toys. Today, there are nine Wag N’ Wash locations throughout Colorado, Arizona, and Minnesota. For more information, visit www.franchise.wagnwash.com.