Wag N' Wash
A new outlet for pet owners is headed for Texas, starting with North Richland Hills. Called Wag N' Wash Food & Bakery, it'll open at North Tarrant Marketplace, a retail center at the corner of North Tarrant Parkway and Precinct Line Road.
The mantra at Wag N' Wash is "wash 'em, feed 'em, spoil 'em." The biscuits are made with top-quality ingredients, and it has a "gourmet deli" where you can order a birthday cake for your dog, too (something you can also do at the local Three Dog Bakery chain).
There are toys for dogs and cats including organic catnip, fuzzy mice, cat tunnels, crackler toys, kitten mittens, feather sticks, plush toys, cuddly toys, tough toys, frisbees for indoors and out, fetch toys, tennis ball launchers, durable rubber toys, large balls, small balls, almost indestructible balls, rope toys, talking toys, well, you get the idea.
There are many brand names of food, including Blue Buffalo, which has had its share of recalls and a settlement in 2016 over allegations that it falsely claimed its products were free of poultry byproducts, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial preservatives.
Wag N' Wash is is based in Colorado and has 15 branches in Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
In addition to retail products, each store offers full-service grooming for cats and dogs, and pet washing, including self-washing stations.
The DFW area has no shortage of pet stores, from PetSmart to local chains such as Pet Supplies Plus. But North Richland Hills is perhaps underserved, with only two Petcos, two PetSmarts, two Pet Supermarkets, and one Petsense nearby. There are potentially many pet owners in the neighborhood: The population within five miles of the site is 247,216, and the average age is 39.
Wag N' Wash will be situated next door to a Banfield Vet Clinic; both businesses will open in late summer.
"The synergy between Wag N' Wash and Banfield Vet Clinic will work well," says Josh Friedlander, a spokesperson for NewQuest Properties, the developer of the site. And the franchise will be opening more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.