Dogtopia Named Best Franchise in Franchise Times First Annual Zor Awards

Leading Dog Daycare Delivers Record-Breaking Year of Success,
Forecasts 2017 Growth

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Closing out a banner year with a 19.2 percent comparable sales growth
and almost 70 signed franchise agreements in development, Dogtopia
is entering 2017 with another impressive notch added to its belt. The
nation’s leading dog daycare facility has been named the best franchise
to buy in the pet category by Franchise Times as part of its new Annual
Zor Awards

Designed to answer the question, “What’s the best franchise to buy?”,
the Zor Awards is a new industry-exclusive award program appearing in
the March 2017 issue of Franchise Times. With a goal of
introducing prospective franchisees to a few favored categories, the Zor
Awards aids individuals exploring franchising by showing them how to
make a selection using an astute business mindset. The Franchise Times
editorial staff selected 10 industry categories designed to reflect
industry momentum and appealing segments within franchising, including
Personal Wellness, Drive-Thru Classics, Better Burgers, Fast-Casual
Pizza, Dog vs. Cat People, Hands On, Fixer Upper, Cheap Seats, Feel Like
a Kid Again and New Wave Medical.

With finalists drawn from the Franchise Times Top 200+ database,
the research team then examined six key financial metrics pulled from
each brand’s franchise disclosure document, with a focus on
profitability for the franchisee. That process also included editorial
examination of management teams, product or service offerings, unit
openings and closings, recent litigation and financial backing of the
brand. As the final pillar, Franchise Times hosted online voting
from mid-December to mid-January to reflect industry enthusiasm.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the category winner of the Franchise
Zor Awards,” stated Neil Gill, CEO of Dogtopia. “2016 was a
year of incredible milestones for us – we set records for comparable
sales growth as well as new franchise deals and 2017 is shaping up to be
another fabulous year. We are humbled by the recognition we have
received for our dedication to the overall success of this brand and
look forward to fostering growing relationships with more pet parents
across communities nationwide.”

Poised to reach its 75-store milestone in 2017, Dogtopia anticipates
expansion to 400 units by 2021. The brand’s impressive growth was
previously noticed by Franchise Times, who recently ranked the
company on its 2016 Top 200+ list for the first time. Additionally,
Dogtopia was ranked #215 on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Top 500
franchises in the US. Building on this momentum, the brand is excited to
expand its footprint into 16 new states in 2017.

Dogtopia offers a proven franchise opportunity with multiple revenue
channels for daycare, boarding, spa, retail and training, resulting in a
validated business model. The company seeks both individuals and
multi-unit franchise partners looking to diversify with a fun and
flexible lifestyle.

For more information on Dogtopia franchising opportunities, visit

About Dogtopia

Founded in 2002, Dogtopia is an early pioneer and innovator in the pet
services industry, offering an experience focused on safety and
transparency in the market. With an emphasis on education, exercise and
socialization for dogs, pet parents have the assurance of leaving their
beloved furry family members in the hands of trained professionals in an
environment created with the safety of dogs in mind. Each facility
averages between 3,500–7,500 square feet and is specially designed to
provide dogs and pet parents with the best experience by reducing odors,
noise level, illness and accidents. With 45 locations across North
America, the brand is now the largest provider of dog daycare in the
United States and will continue expansion by franchising with successful
entrepreneurs. For more information on Dogtopia, visit

About Franchise Times

Franchise Times magazine is the only independent, unbiased news source
in franchising. Its original research has led to well-respected rankings
such as the Franchise Times 200; Fast & Serious, a look at the
smartest-growing franchise systems in the U.S.; and the Restaurant
Franchisee 200, the top restaurant U.S. franchisees. Our Restaurant
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