The brand hopes to open three or four new stores in the area
Wild Birds Unlimited, the nation’s largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding stores, is targeting the Long Island, New York market for development.
Started in 1981, Wild Birds Unlimited was the passion project of Founder and CEO Jim Carpenter. His goal was to take his love of bird feeding and turn it into a business. The idea has been a fruitful one—Wild Birds Unlimited has been in business for 35 years, with nearly 300 franchises across the United States and Canada. The brand looks to continue its growth by opening three to four new locations in Long Island, New York.
The Wild Birds Unlimited brand has had a strong presence on Long Island for nearly a decade. Gary Fortcher and Kathleen Mulligan, owners of the Oakdale, NY Wild Birds Unlimited store
, opened their store in late 2006. When asked what motivated them to join the WBU team, Fortcher said: "We visited several existing locations and were impressed by the amount of enthusiasm and excitement exhibited by each franchise owner; they were all very passionate about nature and giving customers the best experience possible. We were also impressed by the strong level of financial and corporate support offered to help franchise owners succeed and decided to bring Wild Birds Unlimited to our community."
“Wild Birds Unlimited is a great prospect for future franchisees who share a love of nature and birds, and also those that may not be familiar with the hobby,” Carpenter said. “We provide our franchisees with a thorough training program and a support system that can assist them with any type of questions they have.”
Wild Birds Unlimited is one of the leaders in the industry. The brand provides customers with the highest quality bird feeding products on the market and employees are ready to dish out expert advice to those who have questions.
“When I started Wild Birds Unlimited, my goal was to combine my love of bird feeding and try to make that into a business. I feel that this is a great concept for franchisees who have an innate love of nature and want to educate those who are unfamiliar,” Carpenter said. “Our business model is not only reserved for nature enthusiasts. We have the support team, training and tools available to assist anyone to succeed in the franchising and bird feeding industry.”
Investing with Wild Birds Unlimited ranges from $125,000 to $199,100, so entrepreneurs won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.