My Queue

Your Queue is empty

Click on the next to articles to add them to your Queue

Franchise: Wild Bird Centers of America Inc.

Initial Investment
HIGH: $149,300
Change in Units

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
National Media
Regional Media

Training Onsite: 1-2 days

Training at headquarters: 6 days

Additional Training: At annual convention (3 days/year); additional training optional

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 2 - 4

About Wild Bird Centers of America Inc.

Longtime bird-watching enthusiast George H. Petrides Sr. opened his first Wild Bird store in 1985 in Cabin John, Maryland. In 1990 the company began franchising. In addition to its Wild Bird Centers of America Inc., the company also offers Wild Bird Crossing stores designed for smaller markets.

Besides selling bird watching and feeding equipment and gifts, Wild Bird Centers and Wild Bird Crossings provide demonstrations, kids’ programs and other educational events.

Wild Bird Centers has locations throughout the United States and Canada and is now based in Glen Echo, Maryland.



Franchising Since

1990 (27 Years)

Corporate Address

7370 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD 20812-1200

Parent Company

Wild Bird Centers of America Inc.

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and in the following regions/states: See List

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$94,900 - $149,300

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement

$33,000 - $50,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$23,000 - $23,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Wild Bird Centers of America Inc. offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Free Franchise Consultation
Fran Choice We've helped over 5,000 people find the right franchise. Get a FREE consultation and find out how you can be next.
Start Now
Guidant Financal Learn how to invest your IRA or 401k into a franchise. ($50k min)

Franchise Articles

3 Core Strategies For Building Successful Franchise Organizations

How to attract potential franchisees to invest in your business.

The Best Franchises for Any Budget

We ranked the top 50 franchises for three different budgets: less than $100,000; $100,000 to $500,000 and more than $500,000.

The 5 Best Retail Franchises You Can Buy Right Now

Are you a natural salesperson? Then take full advantage with a retail franchise.

Why Fitness Franchises Are Booming

With aggressive expansion strategies and low membership costs, fitness clubs are looking to rapidly expand -- and franchisees are lining up to get in on the action.

Success Speaks For Itself: Whissle Hospitality Group

The co-founders of Whissle Hospitality Group –the company behind F&B brands like Okku, Claw and more in Dubai are all set to take their enterprise to the next level.


The Franchise 500 is not intended to endorse, advertise, or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise.

Updated: August 5th, 2014

Reprints & Licensing
Update Your Listing
Submit New Listing