Woof Gang Bakery Honors Top Franchisees
Woof Gang Bakery recently honored its top franchisees in March at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla.
“This year was our most successful national convention with more than 240 franchise owners and guests in attendance,” said Paul Allen, president and chief executive officer of Woof Gang Bakery, which has headquarters Orlando, Fla. “It is an incredible experience to bring together the amazing people who have made Woof Gang Bakery the leader in specialty pet retail. We are awestruck by the talents and dedication of our franchise owners who work diligently to build their businesses and the Woof Gang Bakery brand.”
The awards were broken into six categories:
Millionaires Club, which was awarded to franchises with annual gross sales of $1 million or more.
The winners are:
- Woof Gang Bakery Cary and Woof Gang Bakery Raleigh, N.C., owned by Elise and Michael Morales. “Their entrepreneurial spirit is unmatched. Impressively, they also have opened a new store in Shiloh, N.C., and have another store under construction in Apex, N.C,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
- Woof Gang Bakery Midland, Texas, owned by Brenda and Iram Molinar. “Open for only two years, Brenda and Iram have built their business quickly at a strong and steady pace, and work daily to continue that growth. They implement brand standards with excellence and are eager to share best practices,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
- Woof Gang Bakery The Villages, Fla., owned by Beth and Woody Whitcomb. “With two stores in The Villages, Beth and Woody have realized unparalleled growth. They are active in the community, highly regarded by their customers, and they are innovators and leaders in the Woof Gang Bakery system,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
Franchise of the Year, which was based on criteria including business growth, passion for the brand, customer service, and ongoing contribution to the franchise system, was awarded to Woof Gang Bakery Fleming, Fla., owned by Mary and Pete Hardin.
“Mary and Pete excel in each of these areas. They work tirelessly to cultivate their business, grow sales and help other franchisees. Last year, the Fleming Island store had sales in excess of $800 per square foot, which far exceeds typical retail revenue. In 2019, they will double the size of Woof Gang Bakery Fleming Island and open a second location in the same market.”
Outstanding Grooming Store was awarded to Woof Gang Bakery SouthPark, N.C., owned by Arti Jethwa and Sara Giruzzi.
“With the highest year-over-year growth in grooming, Arti and Sara’s achievement is due to their commitment to quality and a philosophy of always putting their customers and pets first. In addition to the SouthPark location, they also have very successful neighborhood stores serving their local communities in Wakefield and Jacksonville, N.C,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
Outstanding Retail Store was awarded to Woof Gang Bakery Las Vegas, owned by Chin Li and Richard Hansen.
“Taking ownership of their store in 2017, Chin Li and Richard have done a fantastic job of building a tremendous retail business. They have excelled at overcoming challenges, boosting sales performance and focusing on success. They are getting ready to lend their ownership expertise to a second location, with a new store opening in Skye Canyon in northwest Las Vegas,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
Outstanding New Store, was awarded to Woof Gang Bakery Richmond, Texas, owned by Sharon and Chris Taor.
“Opening in late 2017, Sharon and Chris Taor launched their business quickly and capably. They have rapidly established their store as a local leader in everything pet-related. This year, they will double the size of their store in Richmond,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.
Most Improved Franchise was awarded to Woof Gang Bakery South Tampa, Fla., owned by Bianca Souza.
“Bianca works tirelessly within the South Tampa pet community. She builds connections and serves her customers with care and dedication,” said Woof Gang Bakery officials.