Zoom Room, a venture-backed indoor dog training gym business, has had strong growth since the beginning of the pandemic, including the signings of 30 new franchise agreements, quadrupling its footprint within the year, company officials reported. Zoom Room entered 2020 with nine locations in four states and now has 41 units open or in development across 14 states (15 operational and 26 in the process of opening), officials said. By January 2022, Zoom Room expects to have 20 units open and 30 in development for a total of 50 locations.
“The pandemic has accelerated the trend of retail flight while increasing the number of entrepreneurs looking to start a new venture,” said Mark Van Wye, CEO of Redondo Beach, Calif.-based Zoom Room. “The pet sector has always fared well even during the most economically challenged times; the recent boom in dog ownership is no exception. We credit our extreme growth curve to astute investors responding well to Zoom Room’s ability to serve the needs of dog owners with a demonstrably profitable business model, thus meriting our brick-and-mortar place in communities across the country.”
Despite the economic uncertainty during the global pandemic, Zoom Room was well positioned and prepared with its safety protocols in place as the demand for dog training remained high, officials said. Zoom Room built a sense of community and transformed dog training into an infinitely repeatable affair with its mission of positive reinforcement methods, emphasizing socialization while focusing on the relationship between dog and owner, officials added.
“Zoom Room has seen a tremendous growth in sales with an increase of 99 percent in same-store sales compared to the prior year,” said Anthony Polazzi, president of AP Franchised Concepts, the venture capital firm backing Zoom Room. “We’re excited to support Zoom Room in expanding into multiple markets where the pet industry is booming. Zoom Room has one of the strongest and healthiest profit margins and is truly a company to watch within the franchise industry.”