Posted: Nov. 15, 2013, 1:50 p.m. EST
Setting its sights on a massive expansion, the day care and spa chain Dogtopia plans to open as many as 35 franchises throughout Canada, the company reported Thursday.
The Tysons Corner, Va., company now operates 29 locations in the United States, offering dog day care, boarding and professional grooming services.
The hope is for more than 400 franchises over the next seven years, including the first shops in the $6.5 billion-a-year Canadian pet market.
Dogtopia began franchising in 2005.
"Canadians adore their dogs and want to give them the best care possible, which is why services such as those provided by Dogtopia
are in high demand across the country,” founder and CEO Amy Nichols said. "Canadian dogs will now have the chance to experience the same level of comfort and socialization in an open play environment just as their American cousins have enjoyed since 2002.”
Franchises are planned throughout the province of Ontario, starting with Toronto, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Burlington, Stoney Creek and Oakville.
Other Dogtopia locations are expected to open in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.
As part of Dogtopia’s rollout north of the U.S. border, franchise expert and pet care veteran Anita Samadian was hired as regional developer of eastern Canada
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