Real Estate - Commercial

Carolina Beach Rd. Going To The Dogs, Fetching New Businesses

By Cece Nunn, posted Mar 29, 2019
Dogs at play in Pawville's Surf City location. (Photo courtesy of Surf City Pawville)
Dog days are coming to Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington, via two separate businesses.

Both offer dog daycare and boarding. A Port City location of California-based franchise Camp Run-a-Mutt is on the way to 2541 Carolina Beach Road, and along the same corridor, the property’s new owner is planning a Pawville facility behind Bone & Bean restaurant.

The Johns family recently purchased a building formerly occupied by an Asian buffet restaurant and is turning it into a Camp Run-A-Mutt. Meanwhile, Pawville Real Estate Holdings LLC bought 3530 Carolina Beach Road, which includes Bone & Bean's building, for $400,000 from previous owner Roubini Omirly, according to the New Hanover County deed.

“We’re planning to continue leasing the restaurant building to Bone & Bean and build a new Pawville building behind the restaurant, which will allow the Bone & Bean to continue operating alongside our new Pawville facility,” said Phil Miller, founder and CEO of Pawville, which also offers self-serve dog washes, a dog treat bakery, training, grooming and a boutique.

“In fact, we’re excited to find the synergies between the two businesses [Bone & Bean and Pawville] that will enhance the experience of pet owners as they drive onto the property.”

The new, 9,000-square-foot building will be Pawville’s fourth location, Miller said, with the other three located in Surf City (but with a Hampstead address), Jacksonville and Homosassa, Florida.

“We opened up our first one down in Florida back in 2007 and then Surf City in 2012 and Jacksonville in 2015,” Miller said. “The intent is to continue growing, and so up to this point, the locations have really have sort of been betas, where we’re trying new and different approaches to providing these services for our clients.

“And so this will be the first time that we really bring a lot of these things together that we've been trying at our different locations into one location that will hopefully serve as a prototype for us as we continue to grow beyond the Wilmington region.”

Some Pawville services include allowing the dogs to stay in private dog townhomes where they have their own indoor and outdoor space.

Camp Run-A-Mutt (rendering shown below), which in addition to daycare and boarding also offers training and grooming, is on its way to Wilmington via the efforts of the Johns family. The Johns bought the property at 2541 Carolina Beach Road for $789,000 from Chen Properties LLC, and Jason Windham, broker at Maus, Matthews, Warwick & Co., represented the seller in the transaction.

Jenna Johns is setting up the franchise with the help of her parents, John and Lisa Johns.

“Before I graduated, my mom and I were planning to start a personal concierge business,” said Jenna Johns, who has a degree in business management and an entrepreneurship certificate from Colorado State University. “And we’ve been doing that for a year and a half, almost two years now. But we all love dogs and each have dogs and are big animal people.”

While on vacation not too long ago, Jenna’s mother picked up a copy of Entrepreneur Magazine, which had an article on dog daycare franchises that featured Camp Run-A-Mutt.

A week later, they decided to go for it, Jenna Johns said.

Finding the right location was a little tricky because of zoning rules, she said. But the former restaurant had so much potential, “I just fell in love with it,” Jenna Johns said.

She said they hope to open the new facility by July, after revamping the former restaurant building and property and adding outdoor space for the dogs.

Read more about Camp Run-A-Mutt and Pawville, and why those businesses chose Carolina Beach Road, in the next print edition of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, out April 5.
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