The new centers will bring 300 jobs.
SEATTLE — Dogtopia, a dog daycare, boarding and spa franchise, has signed two multi-unit franchise agreements to open 14 locations in Seattle.
The new centers are part of Dogtopia's plan to reach more than 400 units by 2021, according to a press release.
The Seattle locations will bring more than 300 jobs. The first one is expected to open down the street from the Microsoft campus by the end of the year.
A 12-unit deal was signed by entrepreneur and international investment banker Yarden Silber. With a background in global business development, Silber has built his portfolio to include prominent positions in high-tech start-up companies. As a graduate of Harvard University and Tel-Aviv University and the first Israeli to graduate with an executive MBA from China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, Silber joins Dogtopia with a track record of growing businesses, and he plans to further develop Dogtopia's presence throughout the region.
"Seattle's dog-loving community paired with its engaged pet parents make this market an ideal expansion hub for Dogtopia," said Silber. "The brand has cemented itself as the leading dog daycare choice, and I look forward to providing local pet parents with peace of mind knowing our teams will take every measure possible to guarantee their dog's comfort and safety, while meeting all of their needs."
In addition, Dogtopia signed a franchise agreement for two units with Michel and Allison Rau, longtime customers at Dogtopia in Virginia who recently relocated back to Seattle.
"We expect the 12-unit deal to act as a catalyst for larger multi-unit franchise deals across the U.S. and Canada, inspiring savvy entrepreneurs and experienced franchisees to join the nation's leading dog care brand," said Alex Samios, vice president of franchise development at Dogtopia. "With our proven business model and extensive franchise experience, we have been able to build an exceptional support team that provides our franchisees the training and systems to deliver high operational standards that cultivates our brand loyalty and growth strategy."
Dogtopia has sold more than 60 units so far in 2018 and has 40 openings scheduled.