When brothers Jason and Steven Parker first launched K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel, they set out on a mission to fill a glaring gap in the pet care industry. With Americans spending more money on their pets than ever before, they realized that there was rising demand for a five-star hotel quality pet boarding facility. That demand has only continued to climb. Today, K9 Resorts has expanded from one New Jersey location to a network of 12 locations that are either open or in development across the East Coast. And it’s experiencing that level of success by partnering with franchisees.
Two of those local owners who have contributed to K9 Resorts’ expansion initiatives are Ivan Kaplan and Teresa DeSousa. The friends turned franchisees first joined the K9 Resorts brand in 2012 after deciding that they wanted to break free from their careers in corporate America to become business owners themselves.
“Both of us realized that it was time to do something else. So, we started talking about what we wanted to do next and narrowed our possibilities down to something that had to do with animals. That’s when we saw a billboard for K9 Resorts in town that mentioned a meet and greet with the founders. We went to that, and were immediately impressed with the pitch that the Parker brothers put together,” said Kaplan. “From there, Teresa and I decided to do our due diligence. That’s an essential part of the process for every aspiring franchisee—you want to check out what the competition looks like before signing an agreement. We toured Jason and Steven’s facility and were blown away, so we ultimately decided to open up our own K9 Resorts franchise.”
Kaplan and DeSousa officially opened up their Madison, New Jersey facility on December 23, 2013, and have been growing alongside the K9 Resorts brand ever since. What made them fall in love with the concept in the first place—the facility—is what continues to position them for success—it’s easy for pet owners to notice that there’s something different about the brand’s approach to luxury boarding.
“What stood out to me right away was the look of the facility. I have a dog, and I’ve boarded him in the past. K9 Resorts was something that I’d never seen before—it was beautiful, clean, well-lit and it smelled good, which is rare for a pet-related business. That’s when I knew that they were on to something special,” said DeSousa. “The minute I walked in, I knew that I’d board my dog there. That’s ultimately what sold me on the brand, and it’s what inspired me to want to move forward with our franchise.”
Backed by the success of franchisees like Kaplan and DeSousa, K9 Resorts is looking to continue expanding in key markets across the country. Franchisees who sign on to open up their own location will gain access to a strong support system that’s made up of both local owners and corporate team members as well as a one of a kind business model that’s proven and simple. Startup costs range from $915,655 to $1,292,859, however, the brand works with preferred lenders who are willing to lend up to 75 percent of the total initial investment, making its business ownership opportunity affordable to qualified candidates.
“Being in the franchising industry is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only are we helping pet owners and their four-legged friends, but we’re also helping aspiring business owners like Teresa and Ivan realize their entrepreneurial dreams,” said Jason Parker. “We’re eager to continue growing with the help of more franchisees, and we’re confident that those who sign on board will be positioned for ongoing and long-term success.”
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