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About Petland

Petland, Inc. is a privately held Ohio corporation founded in 1967. Initially, Petland owned and operated retail pet stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. In the early 1970’s, Petland began franchising pet stores and entered the business of wholesale distribution for pet-related merchandise.

In the late 1980’s, Petland expanded its presence in Canada and entered international markets. Petland currently has stores in the United States and international markets including Japan, South Africa, China, Canada and Mexico.

It is our desire at Petland to make a difference in the communities we serve. For more than 45 years, Petland has been the retail pet industry leader in the area of animal care with ongoing staff training programs, in-store animal husbandry systems and community service programs aimed at placing homeless pets and preventing unwanted litters in the community.

Petland trains and educates our Pet Counselors. While their teachings are ongoing, trained Petland pet counselors pride themselves in their knowledge of proper pet care. They share this knowledge in the form of informational handouts, training videos, hands-on demonstrations and conversations with customers. Our pet counselors also connect our customers with pet behavior specialists at the national and local level.

We work everyday to help our customers exceed their pets’ basic needs — behavioral, environmental, nutritional and maintenance. We know from experience that happy pets make happy people.

Petland is a global leader in the pet retail industry with more than 140 locations worldwide. Petland is actively recruiting proven retail professionals for opportunities in both franchise and company operated locations.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Joe Watson, CEO

Started Franchising

1971 (50 years)

Total Number of Units

235 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Petland Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Petland franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Petland franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Petland franchise is Royalty Fee Due Weekly.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Petland Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Petland Petland has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Petland Company Details

Here are some additional details about Petland.

Parent Company Petland Inc.
Initial Investment $40,000
Net Worth Requirement $500,000 - $1,000,000
Veteran Incentives 10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 4.50%
Cash Requirement $150,000 - $500,000
Term of Agreement 20 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Petland

Petland offers several support options to its franchisees. With 235 (as of 2020) units, Petland aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Petland offers Up to 100.5 hours on the job training, Up to 55.5 hours classroom training, and In-store training additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Petland.

On-The-Job Training Up to 100.5 hours
Classroom Training Up to 55.5 hours
Additional Training In-store training
Ongoing Support
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Ad Templates
  • Marketing Planning & Support
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
Estimated Revenue $10M to $50M
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Is Petland Right For You?

Petland has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Petland online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Petland online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Petland franchise and offer tips to running a successful Petland franchise location.


Why Should You Start a Petland Franchise?

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