The Wagbar franchise is a pet-related franchise that blends an off-leash park and a bar, offering dogs and pet parents a great social experience. The North Carolina-based business was established in 2019 and began franchising in 2023. The brand allows you to sip on craft beers, non-alcoholic favorites, and a variety of refreshing libations. The brand also hosts memorable events, live music, dog adoptions, private event spaces, food trucks, and more. Ideal candidates love dogs and customer service. Wagbar has an "Opener" app that guides business owners in setting their franchises from the perfect site through construction. Training last a week in North Carolina. During that time, you learn everything about the business from dog behavior and running the bar. 

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Wagbar Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


In today's world, pets are family. Billions are spent on them every year. A way to get into the industry is with Wagbar. It can best be described as a place where barks and laughs harmonize and people and dogs can meet for drinks and shared passions. The North Carolina-based franchise fuses an off-leash concept with a relaxed bar. Beyond the frolics and drinks, Wagbar is looking for quality and qualified candidates to grow the brand nationwide. Ideal candidates love dogs and have a passion for customer service. They should also be self-motivated and ambitious. Franchise owners benefit from a guided process, in-person training, and on-site help. Your training begins with the "Opener" app, which guides you in setting up your from selecting the ideal site through constriction.
Training continues with one week on location in Ashville, N.C. During that time, you'll learn everything you need to know about the business, including managing dog behavior to running the bar. The idea for the concept came in 2015 when founder and CEO Kendal Kulp had a bad experience at a dog park. With his father as co-founder, they put their passions together and opened the first Wagbar location in 2019. The brand began franchising in 2023. In terms of the initial investment, it ranges between $470,300- $1,145,900, which includes a franchise fee of $50,000. For the first 10 franchisees, they'll receive a $35,000 discount on the franchise fee. For those who commit to running multiple locations, there is a multi-unit discount of 50%. The royalty fee is 6% of gross sales. 

Company Details

Headquarters: Weaverville, NC 28787
Founded: 2019
First franchise: 2023
B2B: No
Absentee: No
Mobile: No
Exclusive territory: No
Canada: No
International: No

Support and Training Offered By Wagbar

In terms of support and training, you can expect assistance every step of the way. This includes help with site selection and design, comprehensive training, marketing support, ongoing operational support, and regular updates on best practices. During the program, you'll learn everything you need to know about running the business, which is broken down into on-the-job and classroom training.  

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Wagbar Franchise.

What does a Wagbar Franchise Cost?

Wagbar franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Investment: $470,300 - $11,145,900
Net Worth Requirement: $200,000 - $500,000
Cash Requirement: $50,000 - $300,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $35,000 - $50,000
Royalty Fee: 6%

Is Wagbar a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Wagbar is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Wagbar a Home Based franchise?

No. Wagbar is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Wagbar Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. Wagbar does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Does Wagbar Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Wagbar franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is Wagbar Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Wagbar franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Wagbar Looking for International franchisees?

No. Wagbar franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Wagbar's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

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Pet Related, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Wagbar Franchises for Sale

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