Wag N’ Wash concept headed to North Richland Hills

NewQuest Properties has landed a Texas newcomer, Wag N’ Wash Food & Bakery, for the second phase of the grocery-anchored community retail center in North Richland Hills.

“The franchisee wanted to bring this concept to Dallas/Fort Worth. He’s planning to open in a few more markets in DFW,” said Josh Friedlander, associate for NewQuest Properties, developer of the Kroger-anchored shopping center in Tarrant County.

Wag N’ Wash Food & Bakery has taken 4,844 square foot space in an 8,500-square foot building that started on a speculative basis and is now fully leased. The balance of the class A space was pre-leased to Banfield Vet Clinic. The building will deliver in April, jumpstarting tenant finish-outs. Both businesses will open in late summer.

The community center is situated on nearly 35 acres at the crossroads of North Tarrant Parkway and Precinct Line Road in North Richland Hills. North Tarrant Marketplace’s phase two is anchored by a 37,046-square foot LA Fitness. With construction well underway, the California-based fitness chain is planning to open in early July.

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“Kroger and LA Fitness are the biggest draws for this center. That’s what separates us from our neighbors,” Friedlander said. The 123,000-square foot Kroger is approaching its second anniversary as anchor of phase one.

Colorado-based Wag N’ Wash was named “Retailer of the Year for Concept and Innovation” in February by Pet Product News. The chain has 15 shops in eight states, with Texas adding one more in a portfolio of corporate-owned and franchise locations. In addition to retail products, each store offers full-service grooming for cats and dogs, all natural foods and pet washing, including self-washing stations.

“The synergy between Wag N’ Wash and Banfield Vet Clinic will work well,” Friedlander said.

Also under construction as part of the second phase is a 7,042-sf building, which will house Jersey Mike’s Subs, The Joint, Cellphone Trendz and Mattress Firm. Openings are expected in late August and early September.