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Happy Holidays from WBU!

The Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Support Center gathered to celebrate the holidays! Thank you to Jim and Nancy Carpenter for your continued support and dedication to our team, thank you to all FSC staff for all you do every day to support our franchisees, and thank you to our amazing franchisees! We wish you all a […]

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2022 Mistletoe Tour

A group of our wonderful FSC staff went on the Mistletoe Tour to local Wild Birds Unlimited stores jingling joy!  The Mistletoe Tour has been a tradition for over 10 years and this was the first year that our staff was able to resume the tour following the pandemic.  This amazing tradition brings so much […]

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New Wild Birds Unlimited Store

Our wonderful Oakdale, NY WBU owner Brooke Ramirez will be opening her second store! Brooke will be opening a new Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Setauket, NY! Brooke has been such a fantastic addition to the WBU team and we are thrilled that she is expanding with WBU!  

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New Owners of Elmira, NY

The Elmira, NY Wild Birds Unlimited store has new owners, Lorraine Treacy and family!  This store was originally opened in 2001 and has most recently been owned by Chris Keelty.  Lorraine said, “I’m very excited the WBU store in Elmira will live on and can’t wait to meet all bird enthusiasts!”  We are very thrilled […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Congratulations to our new London, ON Wild Birds Unlimited owners, Cathy and Lance! This store was originally opened back in 1994 by Marilyn and Norm Morton.  Cathy said, “My family tells me I have been training my whole life for this.  I’m so excited to begin this adventure with the amazing staff and customers at WBU […]

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Here We Grow Again!

Matt Kosty, our amazing Wild Birds Unlimited Store Owner of both the Fayetteville, NY WBU store and the Camillus, NY WBU store, has successfully purchased the Saratoga Springs, NY store!   We are so excited for Matt to continue expanding with WBU!

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New WBU Store Owners!

Our Wild Birds Unlimited store in Brookfield, WI has new owners!  We are so excited to welcome Tom and Erika to the WBU team!  Tom said, “We are so excited to be joining the Wild Birds Unlimited Flock.  We have been longtime customers of Wild Birds Unlimited and often talked about how fun it would […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Congratulations to our newest Wild Birds Unlimited franchisees, Erica and Jesse!  They will be opening a new WBU store in McAllen, TX.  Jesse said, “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the Wild Birds Unlimited family and are excited to open a store in McAllen, Texas.  The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas is our […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Congratulations to Brooke Thomsen and Thomas Halvorson on the purchase of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Wenatchee, WA!  They purchased the store from Patrick and Mabel Bodell who opened the store in 2017.  Brooke said, “It’s exciting and truly an honor to be invited to join the flock.  WBU of Wenatchee has been my […]

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50 Franchise CMOs Who Are Changing the Game

Congratulations to our Wild Birds Unlimited VP of Marketing, Bo Lowery on being ranked #10 in the list of 50 Franchise CMOs that are Changing the Game!  In 2022, Bo created and managed the WBU marketing efforts that won multiple Franchise Update Innovation Awards, including the Marketing Leadership Award.  It is such an honor to […]

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2022 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference

Our Franchise Development team just returned from the Franchise Leadership and Development Conference this past week.  This is a conference that is co-produced by Franchise Update Media and the International Franchise Association.  We have attended this annual conference for many years.  Our Director of Franchise Development, Seth Holan did an amazing job as a panelist […]

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Here We Grow Again!

We are so happy to announce that John and Kathy Haigh have purchased their 2nd Wild Birds Unlimited store in Bozeman, MT!  John and Kathy also own the WBU store in Billings, MT.  Kathy said, “We’re anxious to continue bringing people and nature together in the Gallatin Valley and Southwest region.  You may not see […]

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New Wild Birds Unlimited Store!

We are so happy to welcome our newest franchisees, Megan Kimbrell and Joe Baca!  They will be opening a new Wild Birds Unlimited store in Wichita, KS.  Megan and Joe said, “We are so excited to open a WBU store in Wichita since our city is currently underserved as far as high quality bird seed […]

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Franchise Times Top 500

Wild Birds Unlimited is honored to be ranked in the Franchise Times Top 500!

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Here we grow again!

Congratulations to Dean and Tina Seifert on the purchase of their 4th Wild Birds Unlimited store in Arvada, CO!  Dean and Tina joined the WBU team in 2020 when they purchased the WBU store in Denver, CO.  The Seifert’s always knew that they wanted to be multi-unit owners and in February 2021, they purchased two […]

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Here we grow again!

A very big congratulations to Susan Maranhao, as she has taken ownership of her 2nd Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Woburn, MA.  Susan joined the WBU family back in 1990 when she purchased her first store in Sudbury, MA.  Susan purchased the store from Dawna Blum who has owned the store since 2017.  Susan said, […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

We are excited to announce that Eric and Tammy Brady have successfully purchased the Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Memphis, TN!  They purchased the store from Ben and Debbie Bruce who have owned the store since 1996.  Eric and Tammy said, “We are so excited to join the flock and can’t wait to start this […]

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Wild Birds Unlimited Partnership with First Citizens

Last Wednesday was a big day for us here in the Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Development department when we got word that two of our newest WBU franchise store owners got their SBA-backed financing journey across the finish line and deposited their funds into their bank accounts. If you have ever heard about how challenging […]

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Wild Birds Unlimited Native Pollinator Meadow

The Wild Birds Unlimited Native Pollinator Meadow, the largest designed pollinator meadow in the city of Indianapolis, opened to the public at Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park yesterday evening. The meadow is home to over 100 species of plants to support local bees, insects, migratory birds, and monarch butterflies. The Meadow was designed […]

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Arbor Day Foundation

We have exciting news to share! Wild Birds Unlimited has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant thousands of trees across North America as part of our initiative to #SaveTheSongBirds. We planted in the Econfina Creek and the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, both in Florida, the Willamette National Forest of Oregon and […]

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New Owners of Santa Rosa, CA

A big congratulations to Lauren DeRosa and Lynn Raymond on the purchase of their 3rd Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Santa Rosa, CA!  Lauren and Lynn also own the WBU stores in Fort Collins, CO and Longmont, CO.  The Santa Rosa, CA store was originally opened by Tom and Barbara Hendricks in December 1994.  In […]

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FRANCHISEU! EPISODE 26 PAUL PICKETT

This is an amazing podcast with our Wild Birds Unlimited CDO/EVP of Franchising, Paul Pickett!  His career with Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) has perfectly combined his love of birds, nature, and people. Paul joined the WBU team as the first full-time employee in 1989, shortly after graduating with his Master’s Degree in Biology/Ornithology from the […]

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Franchise Advisory Council Meeting

This week we met with our Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Advisory Council, in person!  This is the first in person FAC meeting that we have had since the pandemic and WOW how wonderful it is!  Our Franchise Advisory Council is a combination of all of our Franchise Support Center staff and a talented group of […]

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Setting You Up for Success!

Our CDO/EVP of Franchising, Paul Pickett sat down with Franchise Business Review to discuss the process of working with potential franchisees and what it takes to help them become successful Wild Birds Unlimited store owners.  Our wonderful franchisees Mark and Danielle Motley also joined the conversation to share their experience, as well as the support […]

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Here we grow again!

A very big congratulations to Sean Ryan, as he has recently taken ownership of his 4th Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Knoxville, TN!  Sean also owns the WBU stores in Hickory, NC, High Point, NC, and Hilton Head Island, SC.  Sean joined the WBU family back in 2003 when he purchased his first store in […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Say hello to our newest Wild Birds Unlimited store owners, Sarah Smith and Corey Warren and also Sarah’s parents, Anna and Donald Smith!  They have just purchased the WBU store in Guelph, ON.  Sarah said, “We are overjoyed to join the Wild Birds Unlimited family! After working in the business for years, we are excited […]

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New Wild Birds Unlimited Store!

We are so happy to announce that Lauren DeRosa and Lynn Raymond have now opened their Wild Birds Unlimited store in Longmont, CO.  This is their second store as they have owned the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Fort Collins, CO since 2006.  Congratulations, Lauren and Lynn!  We couldn’t be more thankful to have to […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Welcome to the flock, Mary Kay Diderrich!  Mary Kay has recently purchased the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Delafield, WI.  This store was first opened in 20 years ago in 2002 and was previously owned by Debbi Triplett.  Mary Kay said, “”Today is the first day of the rest of my life“.  This Valentine’s Day […]

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New Wild Birds Unlimited Store!

Congratulations to DJ and Colleen Winter as they will be opening a new Wild Birds Unlimited store in Olathe, KS!  This will be the second WBU store for DJ and Colleen as they currently own the WBU store in Shawnee, KS.  Colleen said, “We are so excited to be expanding into our 2nd store with Wild […]

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Welcome to the Flock!

Congratulations to Jessica and Gregg Janes on the purchase of the Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Alpharetta, GA!  This store first opened in 1994 and was most recently owned by Andrew Scholl and Jacqueline Venchi.  Both Andrew and Jacqueline will remain franchisees, as they also own the Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Roswell, GA.  We […]

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Open for Business!

A new Wild Birds Unlimited store is officially open in Johnson City, TN!  George and Kera Brewster have been working so hard to get their store up and running, and we are so happy to see them open for business!    

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A Life Designed by Dawna

Take a look at this new article in Pillars of Franchising featuring Dawna Blum!  Dawna is the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Woburn, MA.  Dawna shares her very personal journey on how she decided to start the next chapter of her life with Wild Birds Unlimited.  Dawna said, “It took a lot […]

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Thank You to all Military Veterans

At Wild Birds Unlimited, we treasure our relationships with our franchise store owners, the franchisees staff, and franchise support center staff. This Veterans day, we want to honor those who dedicate their time to serve and protect our nation. Because of our military veteran franchisees fulfilling the mission to “bring people and nature together,” Wild […]

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Military Veteran’s, WBU Franchisees, Highlighted in 2021 FBR Veterans Guide

  With Veteran’s Day around the corner, Franchise Business Review recently spoke with WBU franchise store owners, Art and Lisa Martin, to learn how their military background has helped them become strong business owners. Click the button below to read about their journey that was released in FBR’s 2021 Veterans Guide issue.    

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Wild Birds Unlimited is Proud to be included in FranchiseHelp’s 2021 Top 10 Franchise Systems

Wild Birds Unlimited is so pleased to announce that we have been ranked #8 in the Top Ten Franchise Systems by FranchiseHelp. We could not be more honored to be included in this prestigious list of brands.    

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WBU climbs more than 40 spots on the 2021 Franchise Times Top 400 list

We are so honored and excited to announce that Wild Birds Unlimited has been listed in Top 400 Franchise List based on global sales.  We could not be prouder to be #204!  “This is a major jump in our ranking of by Franchise Times from #247 to #204”, said Paul Pickett, CDO of Wild Birds […]

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Pet-Related Franchises: How They Vary & How to Choose

It’s always easier to be part of a business relating to something you’re passionate about or care deeply for. That’s why those who are pet lovers are drawn to business ventures dealing with animals. If you are thinking about partnering with a franchise built around a love of pets or animals, there’s good news. First, […]

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15 Affordable Franchises You Can Start in Your 50s

We are so honored to be included in this list of the Top 15 Affordable Franchises You Can Start in Your 50s that was published by AARP magazine.  Birdwatching became a more popular hobby during the pandemic as lockdowns led more people to appreciate what’s happening right outside their windows. Wild Birds Unlimited could be […]

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Achieving Franchise Success Amid COVID-19 by Canadian Franchise Association, featuring Kindell and Josh Tolmie, owners of the Kanata, ON Wild Birds Unlimited franchise.

We could not be prouder of Kindell and Josh Tolmie from Kanata, Ontario.  As always, their passion, focus, drive and desire to make a difference is clear.  Thanks to Angela Cote and the Canadian Franchise Association for including Kindell and Josh and Wild Birds Unlimited.    

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Wild Bird Feeding Industry: Why It’s For You, Not Just Birders

We’ve all heard the expression the early bird catches the worm…bird enthusiasts know just how true that statement is. “Birders,” as bird watchers are often called, get up with the sun because that’s when hungry birds look for breakfast after a good night’s sleep. The common sounds of birds chirping and singing, make our feathered […]

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Wild Birds Unlimited Wins Franchise Update Media’s Most Innovative Supply Chain Award

Once again, Wild Birds Unlimited has received another Innovation Award this year.  Franchise Update Media named Wild Birds Unlimited the #1 brand for the Most Innovative Supply Chain Improvement.  We also were the Runner up in the Most Innovative Franchisee Support this year.  In this category, Franchise Update Media judges reviewed all submitted applications in […]

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Cathy Fleischacker & Pam Dymsza Found Freedom with Wild Birds Unlimited

Finding the right franchise opportunity was not easy for Cathy and Pam, our West Albuquerque, NM but when they found Wild Birds Unlimited, they soared.  

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Congratulations to Robbie and Richard Edie for being a Franchise Business Review 2021 Franchisee Rock Star

The Edie’s bought and moved an existing store in Cypress, TX, doubled the volume, then bought and renovated another WBU store in Houston, TX with similar results. Rich has served as the Chair of our FAC and is a member of our IT committee. They have led their local marketing group, become Certified Training Stores […]

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Ecommerce Franchise: How to be Successful Online

Once you’ve made the decision to become a business owner, the to-do list can seem endless, with numerous details and tasks essential for success. That list should include two major items. First, consider franchising versus a start-up business. There are far more advantages to franchising, such as your reduced investment risk due to the utilization […]

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Resilience to Renaissance

The challenges associated with the pandemic were, and continue to be challenging, especially for retail franchises like those in the wild bird feeding industry.   As a team, we worked together to be a bright light in an otherwise dark time for so many people.  Our ability to pivot and continue to bring the Joy of […]

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5 Types of Franchises & How to Choose the Right One for You

If you’re thinking about opening a franchise, you know the choices are endless: high-profit, big-name franchises. Moderately priced franchises. Low-cost, home-based franchises. How do you know which types of franchises are right for you? We’ve got a guide to the five main types of franchise. Once you’ve narrowed down the franchise segment you’re drawn to, […]

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Franchise Support: Looking Ahead with Virtual Town Halls

Every business has had to rethink the way they operate in the past year-plus, no matter their size or their location. That has certainly been the case in franchising, as brands spanning across the nation had to monitor various best practices based on differing guidelines from state to state. For many brands, franchise support is […]

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Proud to be Included in Entrepreneur Top Global Franchise Listing

We are thrilled to be listed amongst the top 200 global franchise systems in the recent 2021 Entrepreneur Magazine’s list.   Interested in becoming a Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Store Owner? Fill out our form below and someone will be in contact with you.  

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11 Ways to Own a Pet-Nature Franchise

Wild Birds Unlimited is pleased to be included in this article about great pet-nature store franchise opportunities, that allows people to fulfill their joy of bird feeding and fulfill their dream of owning their own business.   Interested in becoming a Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Store Owner? Fill out our form below and someone will be […]

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Wild Birds Unlimited of La Plata, MD Receives Prestigious Recognition

Owners Barbara and Chip Whipkey and their manager Amanda Whipkey were recognized at the Wild Birds Unlimited annual Enterprise Leadership Conference for their hard work with the Highest Flying Fledgling award. Barbara and Chip also own the Lexington Park, MD store and we are so proud of all of their efforts to bring the joy […]

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Franchisees Continued Growth

Congratulations to Amy Legg and Kellie Watts for adding their 5th Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Store to their Enterprise with the purchase of the Leawood, KS Wild Birds Unlimited store. We are so thrilled to keep growing with you Amy and Kellie! Interested in becoming a Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Store Owner? Fill out our […]

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Cheap Franchises: Are You Really Saving Money?

Starting a business is a brave undertaking, one that requires detailed research before making a decision. Franchising helps with limiting a variety of the risks associated with independent business ownership, though there are still plenty of questions to have answered before placing your time and money into a new opportunity. The most obvious question you’ll […]

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Best Franchises: How to Be Sure You’re Joining the Right Team

There are few feelings that are more exciting than embarking on a new business journey. Still, despite all the optimism of entrepreneurship, starting out on your own can be a frightening proposition. Whether it is the economic environment at the time you are planning or a lack of experience, there is a variety of reasons […]

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A Year of Support: Looking Back at WBU’s Pandemic Response

It is no secret that 2020 threw most businesses for a loop. Wild Birds Unlimited was no different. However, the commitment of the entire franchise system along with the flexibility of our model allowed the franchise to maintain success as consumer habits became uncertain. At this point one year ago, the economy had recently reached […]

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Recession Proof Industries: Markets That Beat the Odds

Pivot is a term we have heard all too often in the past 18 months due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We have learned how to adapt in unprecedented times. Financially, businesses have experienced extreme highs and lows. According to the Washington Post, economists say the United States is technically out of a recession but a […]

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Growing within the Flock: Wild Birds Unlimited Supports Franchisees at Every Level of Ownership

  A sign of a franchise’s strength is more than the size and spread of its system. Many brands can boast a national footprint, but if they are constantly revolving ownership of locations between franchisees, how strong is the brand? Wild Birds Unlimited can claim both. With 350 locations approaching 100 different markets in the […]

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A Legacy for the Birds

Oakdale, NY owner Brooke Cassidy is featured, along with previous owners (Brooke’s father and stepmother) Gary Fortcher and Kathleen Mulligan. They share their experience as franchise owners and the opportunities it has brought to their family. Click the button below to read more. Interested in becoming a Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Store Owner? Fill out […]

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Businesses That Do Well in a Recession: How Wild Birds Succeeds

It’s no secret that running a business is hard work. Even in the best economic environment, it still takes dedication in planning, efficiency, and often a major investment in time and money just to get your business up and running. Unfortunately, the economy is naturally cyclical. Over the long haul, there will be good times […]

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