Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming opens first location in Canada


Marks the company’s first franchise-owned international location in the Greater Toronto Area, with plans to open 200 locations in Canada

Some delicious treats offered by Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming (Photo courtesy of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming).

Some delicious treats offered by Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming (Photo courtesy of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming).

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a US pet service franchise brand, will unveil its first store in Canada this year. The company’s goal is to be the world’s largest network of neighborhood pet stores, and has 200 locations open or under development throughout 18 US states providing luxury spa services, gourmet treats, and premium pet nutrition.

“We’re thrilled to be widening the Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming footprint starting with our Canadian debut in the vibrant greater Toronto area,” said Alex Macedo, previous global brand president for Tim Hortons and current chairman of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, in a company release.1 “The Canadian culture aligns perfectly with Woof Gang’s values of community, quality and great customer service and we look forward to growing our brand here to meet the demand of the pet ownership industry in the country.”

Like most other parts of the world, pet ownership spiked during 2020 to 2022 in Canada in tandem with the pandemic. In fact, 60% of Canadian households reported ownership of at least 1 cat or dog, with an increase in the dog population from 7.7 million to 7.9 million dogs.2

Alex Macedo along with Ricardo Azevedo, former Tim Hortons executive, will be at the Toronto Franchise Expo from January 14, 2023 to January 15, 2023, to recruit franchisees interested in running their own business, passionate about people and pets, and aiming to meet the demand of this population in Canadian communities.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming couples specialized grooming and a boutique retail experience, so franchise owners can have various lines of revenue and a one-stop-shop for pet parents. Each location’s mission is the commitment to the happiness, well-being, and health of pets.


  1. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming expands to Canada with first location set to open in Greater Toronto Area. News release. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming. January 10, 2023. Accessed January 11, 2023. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230110005273/en
  2. Latest Canadian pet population figures released. Canadian Animal Health Institue. September 22, 2022. Accessed January 11, 2023. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/09/22/2521210/0/en/Latest-Canadian-Pet-Population-Figures-Released.html
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