pet evolution

Pet Evolution, a pet supply franchise dedicated to providing the highest quality products, recently opened a location in St. Cloud, Minn. The new store is located at 2716 West Division Street. To celebrate the store’s opening, there will also be a Grand Opening event held in mid-July.

The St. Cloud store is the third Pet Evolution location, joining two locations in Minnesota in Woodbury and Arden Hills. Pet Evolution St. Cloud will be owned by Scot Ziessman, who plans to open multiple locations across Minnesota. Prior to Pet Evolution, Ziessman spent the past 18 years in the franchise industry, with ownership in brands such as Massage Envy and Fantastic Sam’s.

To aid in operations, Ziessman’s team includes Tammy Virnig as vice president of franchise operations and Dawn Agort-Kurth as vice presidnet of franchisee development. Combined they have more than 60 years of franchise experience. Besides Ziessman‘s experience as a franchisee, Agort-Kurth successfully opened more than 90 Fantastic Sam’s in Minnesota as part of the regional developer team and Virnig has been a multi-unit general manager and operations director with Great Clips, Fantastic Sam’s and Massage Envy. With the group’s combined experience of owning and operating franchises, they will bring a set of knowledge and expertise to the Pet Evolution family, company officials said.

“I fell in love with the Pet Evolution brand due to the franchisor’s leadership team and seeing how passionate the staff is about the brand,” Ziessman said. “The simple business model offers high-quality pet food, full-service grooming, and a membership model for the self-serve dog wash. Having almost 20 years of experience in membership sales, it was a great fit for us, plus we share a passion for dogs.”

Ziessman will be opening a second Pet Evolution later this summer in Blaine, Minn. He also owns the licenses to open two more locations within the Twin Cities and plans to help bring the expansion of Pet Evolution to Wisconsin and Illinois.

“Our team is so excited to bring Pet Evolution to the St. Cloud community,” Agort-Kurth said. “We cannot wait to help the pet owners of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities with their pets’ health, food, grooming and bathing needs. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find a food that can improve the quality of life for your dog or cat, and our groomers will love on your dogs while helping them look and feel their very best.” 

The brand is poised to open multiple locations in the Minnesota market, along with expansion in the Irvine, Calif., and Dallas metro area this year.

“The first franchise location grand opening is a dream come true for all of us at Pet Evolution.” said Peter Carlson, president of Pet Evolution Franchising. “The hard work Scot’s team has put into getting the St. Cloud and Blaine locations ready for business is exactly what we were looking for in our first official franchisees. It won’t be long before the people of St. Cloud experience the difference the Pet Evolution brand and team can make in the lives of your pets.”

Pet Evolution is actively seeking single and multi-unit franchise partners. While the brand encourages those with franchise experience to apply, its approachable system is designed to accommodate first time franchisees as well, officials said. Above all else, Pet Evolution is searching for partners that have a love for animals, officials added. Including the franchise fee, the initial investment for a Pet Evolution location ranges from $498,500 to $676,550. The average Pet Evolution location is 3,300 square feet.

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