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Specialty Pet Retailer Wag N’ Wash Makes 1st Appearance on Inc. 5000 List


Press release: Wag N’ Wash

Inc. Magazine announced today that Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming ranked, for the first time in its history, on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. With a memorable debut, Wag N’ Wash was among the top 1,000 companies earning the rank of 842. 

As a leading full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, Wag N’ Wash welcomes this incredible achievement during a monumental era of growth. In fact, the brand saw a 12.5 percent increase in year-to-date July sales, maintaining a steady climb in sales for three months straight. 

“We’re beyond honored to be included on this year’s Inc. 5000 list. As this is the first year Wag N’ Wash has been named on this noteworthy list, it’s amazing to see our brand be among the top 1,000 companies,” said Kristen Risby, president of Wag N’ Wash. “Being included on this list alongside so many leading brands really reinforces the fact that Wag N’ Wash is headed in the right direction. We’re so grateful for our incredible group of franchisees as without them, this meaningful achievement would not be possible. As a brand, we have a ton of exciting announcements in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to building off the momentum of this ranking.”

Joining Wag N’ Wash as new partners for the brand’s revitalized, strategic franchise growth efforts are RedC Advocacy and Ninth Root. RedC Advocacy will now support the company’s franchise development process from a store’s purchase through its construction. In addition, Ninth Root, the brand’s existing consumer digital partner, will provide their expertise on franchise development efforts as well. Along with these agency partners, Wag N’ Wash announced a new corporate team member, Tara McHenry, as vice president of franchise operations.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Since Wag N’ Wash’s inception in 1999, the Colorado-based company has been a leading place for pet guardians to 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, full-service grooming, supplements, collars and leads, toys, supplies and unique goods. In addition, Wag N’ Wash’s do-it-yourself dog wash facility is designed to put convenience and fun into the “chore” of washing your dog. 

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