The dog daycare brand is expanding its domestic portfolio with franchise experts.
Dogtopia currently has more than 150 centers open in North America, and it’s planning on increasing that figure with 15 new locations signed up for development throughout Texas.
Signed with three new franchisees, these locations will open up in San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi.
San Antonio and Corpus Christi’s sites will be developed by serial investor Deven Bhakta, who has experience in developing major hotel projects for some of the industry’s leading hospitality brands. Seven of his sites will be developed in San Antonio, with one scheduled for Corpus Christi.
Houston’s locations, meanwhile, are set to be operated by franchisees Amber Woods and Cody Lovins, who signed deals for four and three Dogtopia locations, respectively.
Woods is currently the largest Soccer Shots franchisee in the network, and Lovins owns 20 Sport Clips and three Jersey Mikes – with both bringing copious franchising experience to this new venture.
“I’m excited to diversify my portfolio or businesses with Dogtopia and expand the brand’s presence in the Houston area to create jobs and help pet parents and their four-legged friends,” said Lovins. “I feel that Dogtopia is a very dynamic brand and they will be the market leader going forward.”
Dogtopia centers feature protective rubber flooring in its open-play environments to ease joints and promote safe socialization. The centers also contain webcams to provide pet parents with consistent peace of mind.
“Dogtopia continues to outpace every pet franchise in North America, and we’re thrilled to be attracting leading franchisees from other sectors looking to diversify,” said Alex Samios, VP of franchise development for Dogtopia.
“It’s clear that experienced multi-unit franchisees are now taking the pet industry more seriously since COVID-19 and they want a brand that has the experienced leadership, support, and systems that they are accustomed to.”