Wylie Wagg acquired by California pet food retailer

WASHINGTON — Local pet food and accessories retailer Wylie Wagg has been acquired by California-based natural pet food retailer Kriser’s Natural Pet for an undisclosed sum.

Wylie Wagg’s five Washington area locations will be rebranded as Kriser’s Natural Pet sometime in 2017. Wylie Wagg founder and chief executive Laura Clark will join Kriser in an undetermined role, the company said.

Wylie Wagg, which opened its first store in Middleburg, Virginia, in 2002 with a business model of selling the best natural pet foods, treats, toys and accessories, also has locations in Virginia in Arlington, Fairfax, and Tysons and in Northwest D.C. at Cathedral Commons.

“When we were considering this change, we wanted to pass the torch to someone whom we could trust, and who shares our mission and values,” said Clark. “Kriser’s was a perfect fit.”

Kriser’s opened its first store in 2006, and also has 36 stores in four others states — Illinois, Colorado, California and Texas — where it sells natural pet food products, accessories and grooming services.

This will be Kriser’s first retail presence in Washington.

The combined companies will have 300 employees with Wylie Wagg employees joining Kriser’s.

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