Dogtopia, a U.S.-based dog daycare and spa franchise system, is expanding into Canada. To support development, the company has partnered with BLJC Orange Retail Real Estate and Environics Analytics to conduct a comprehensive market study to identify the ideal cities for new franchises, where the most consumers receptive to the concept can be found.
“Dogtopia is a strong, well-established business in the U.S. with tremendous international growth potential, as pet spending in Canada alone is estimated to top $8.9 billion, according to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of Canada,” says Amy Nichols, Dogtopia’s CEO. “We are now seeking entrepreneurs to help expand our footprint and serve as local representatives for the brand, ultimately positioning Dogtopia as the leading dog daycare and spa franchise in North America.”
The franchisor is initially focusing on British Columbia and Alberta. Candidates must have the ability to grow a successful business within a proven franchise model and an affinity for dogs. Regional developers will be required to open at least one store within the first year of signing, then develop additional stores during a scheduled development period, either by opening and operating more units themselves or by recruiting franchisees.
Since the company’s launch in 2002, Dogtopia has grown to 22 franchises and four company-owned locations in the U.S., with six more locations currently in development. Through a new partnership with investment firm Thomas Franchise Solutions (TFS), the company is planning to expand its brand to more than 400 locations across Canada and the U.S. over the next seven years.
“Dogtopia’s year-over-year growth has proven consumers want to find a safe, friendly and fun environment for their dogs while they are away, either just for the day or while travelling,” says Peter H. Thomas, chair and CEO of TFS. “With the help of qualified regional developers, we plan to develop locations throughout Canada and look forward to providing more families with an exceptional dog daycare experience.”