Barb and Chip Whipkey have big plans for the backyards in the St. Mary’s County area. They want to make each one of them a fine dining experience that offers only the freshest, highest quality food – for birds that is.
“We have been very busy these past months preparing to open the newest Wild Birds Unlimited, signing a lease agreement on our new location and completing franchise store owner training in Carmel, Indiana,” stated Barb Whipkey.
The new store will be located at 46400 Lexington Village Way #106 in the Lexington Village Shopping Center where Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Good, and Sonic are located. Whipkey worked with Echo Real Estate to negotiate the terms of the lease. This site was chosen as it is a busy and growing shopping center located in the center of the county.
While attending franchise store owner training, the Whipkey’s learned various operational aspects of a specialty retail business.
“Not only do you have the backroom operations of managing staff and inventory, but you also have the front room and ensuring that every customer has an exceptional shopping experience. We really encourage our customers to come in and chat about the birds that are coming to their backyard,” Whipkey explained.
The Whipkey’s are new to specialty retail; Barb’s background is in the service industry as previous owner of Trails End Pet Sitting and Exploring Our Horizon Child Care. Chip is a retired Marine who now works for the Government. Barb and Chip are both nature lovers who enjoy all aspects of nature and have been passionate about feeding the birds for many years. “We felt Wild Birds Unlimited was the perfect franchise to allow us to share our love of nature and backyard bird feeding with others in our community,” said Barb.
“We are Certified Birdfeeding Specialists who can help customers attract the birds they want according to their yard and habitat, the time of year and our region,” said Barb. “We can also help with potential nature problems such as squirrels eating your bird food.”
Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Lexington Park, Maryland is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site, and shop online at www.wbu.com/stmaryscounty.