Month: August 2019

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What Makes for a Great K9 Resorts Franchise Location?

Not All Spaces Will Make the Cut

Finding the perfect location for your K9 Resorts franchise is the start of your success. The proper location means that you’ll need to geographically and structurally match K9 Resorts’ standard protocol and be able to deliver their unmatched service. In order to do that, you have to start with the right space! Luckily, as a K9 Resorts franchisee, you’ll have guidance through the various stages of your site selection process. With the backing of a national commercial real estate brokerage firm, you’ll seek out the perfect place to open your own business! Once you sign a franchise agreement and agree to the search of a specific area, your account rep will contact real estate agents in your area, and one will be selected. The initial location kickoff call will involve you, your national account rep, and that local agent so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to unearthing the ideal location for your franchise.

But what makes for a truly great K9 Resorts location?

The Area

The area in which you choose to open your K9 Resorts location is important. You want to look for a spot that has decent visibility and isn’t hard to reach but still has enough space so that you can create the appropriate facility for your business’s needs. Your qualified real estate team will be looking at geographic spaces and taking into consideration the following:

  • Size
  • Layout
  • Feasibility
  • Egress into outdoor areas

You have to make sure the space you select, whether it has an existing building or not, will work with the requirements of a K9 Resorts location. Along the way, your real estate team will be clarifying details, asking questions, and vetting the site for its true potential. Before you sign an agreement, a franchise rep will visit the proposed location in person to double confirm that it’s the right fit. If you don’t have the right area, you can’t go on to create the right facility to house your business.

You want to have a space that is B or C Retail or Flex commercial, Warehouse industrial – which could be free standing or in a strip center if already existing. Your location should have positive traffic patterns with easy entrances and exists and not be located in an alley or side street or hidden from foot traffic. You’ll also want to make sure there is ample parking available with a minimum of at least 15 spots and any residential structures are at least 200 feet away from the property line. The location should also include a minimum of 1,500 square feet of outdoor play area with multiple direct access points. The front entrance needs to be at least 30 feet from the street and if your location is within close proximity to public transportation, that’s a plus!

The Facility

So, what should the facility itself include? The location in which you decide to open and/or build your K9 Resorts franchise is crucial but making sure your actual facility fits your needs is as well. The franchise requires a facility that is at least 4,000-7,000 square feet of interior building footprint, and as mentioned, has at least 1,500 square feet of outdoor play space available. K9 Resorts is known for their top-tier quality of care and in order to provide that, your facility must be able to accommodate certain things like:

  • Our cutting-edge flooring systems with Microban
  • A state-of-the-art PetAirapy UV air purification system that includes a specially designed ventilation system
  • An “pet-safe” outdoor courtyard featuring revolutionary artificial turf, K9 Grass with “Alphasan” antimicrobial agents which create a safer and cleaner environment for all of the dogs
  • Space for the highest level of sanitizing procedures possible which utilize the best hospital-grade disinfectants
  • HDTV televisions with cable tuned to Animal Planet in every suite

K9 Resorts’ carefully designed boarding layout creates a situation where the entire facility is split into separate zones to reduce the number of guests occupying one area. While this is a more expensive way to design a pet care facility, it significantly reduces pets’ stress levels while they are boarding.

In conjunction with the facility, K9 Resorts sets itself apart from competition through industry-leading training and updated technology systems. Our focus on customer service and quality pet care is shown through the care each franchise takes in selecting the ideal location and facility for their business. Everything comes together in one space in order to serve pet parents and pets quality, stress-free care. Finding the perfect spot for your K9 Resorts location is the key to not only a successful dog daycare business, but a true K9 Resorts experience.

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“Ritz-Carlton” of Dog Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening in Malvern

Local dignitaries join K9 Resorts for ribbon cutting, tours of luxury doggie daycare

MALVERN, Pennsylvania—Aug. 7, 2019 — K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel of Malvern celebrated its grand opening at 309 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern on August 3 with more than 200 attendees. Owned and operated by Newtown Square residents Ed and Cheri DeLong and their son, Teddy, the 13,000-square foot upscale doggie day care and boarding facility was welcomed to the community by East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors Chair Sue Drummond and Planning Commission Chair Deborah Abel, who commemorated the official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the DeLongs introduced guests to the New Jersey-based franchise’s second Pennsylvania location by giving free tours of its numerous doggie suites, boarding rooms, outdoor play areas and more.

Recognized as the ‘Ritz-Carlton’ of dog hotels, K9 Resorts of Malvern offers hospital-grade air filtration systems, Italian tile, antimicrobial flooring, and individual room humidifier systems, as well as in-room flat screen televisions, architecturally distinctive moldings, a stunning lobby chandelier and professionally trained staff to care for all of its four-legged guests.

“We had a wonderful time celebrating with the community,” said Cheri DeLong. “We spent an afternoon with our new neighbors and future customers introducing our luxury accommodations, and talking about service and bringing new jobs to the area. We’re looking forward to being a trusted solution for dog owners who want to give their furry family members a comfortable, loving and luxurious place to stay that will treat their companions like we do our own.”

K9 Resorts of Malvern will employ approximately 20-25 employees. The resort will be able to accommodate nearly 100 dogs per day for overnight boarding and its doggie daycare operations.

“Reservations have significantly increased in the last few days,” said Ed DeLong. “It just goes to show how strong demand is in this area and the surrounding communities. We’re excited to offer doggie daycare and boarding services that exceed industry standards.”

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.k9resorts.com/malvern.

About K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotels

At K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotels, we strive to offer the best pet care experience for your dog. K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotels is also honored to be the only facility in New Jersey and one of few in the country with number-one ratings from several major publications. While there are many pet care facilities out there, only we can say we’re recommended by numerous pet professionals and several major publications. We are proud to lead the way in the pet hospitality industry. For more information, please visit www.k9resorts.com or contact a franchise location nearest you.



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A Deep Dive into the World of Pet Care Franchises

Why Some Stand Out Above the Rest

The world of pet franchises is wide and plentiful. In general, the pet care industry has exploded over the past decade. People are spending more and more on their beloved furry family members. Everything from spa treatments to designer food blends can find a spot in the pet care market. The pet care industry is worth billions and on track to continue to grow. Pet owners treat their furry friends like true members of the family and spare no expense in keeping them happy, healthy, and well taken care of. Even during an economic downturn, there are certain pet care services that don’t see a large decrease in patronization. One of those services is dog daycare and boarding.

Why Dog Daycare and Boarding?

One industry that people tend to really sink their budgets into is dog daycare and boarding. Dogs are social animals and our long workdays don’t bode well for our four-legged friends. They’re either stuck inside all day alone or cooped up in their crates waiting for mom and dad to roll through the door. Pet parents are realizing that spending money on allowing their dogs to socialize while they’re away is a good investment. Not only does it make for a happier animal, it makes for a tired one, too! So, when everyone comes home together at night, they can all cuddle up instead of having Fido bouncing off the walls. If you have a particularly active breed, a couple of walks a day just won’t cut it. Finding a trusted and qualified dog daycare and boarding facility where your dog is well taken care of can be a game changer. Once a pet parent is in the system and sees the results from a happy daycare or boarding experience, they will typically become a frequent customer. That’s why many looking to start a pet business are diving into the world of doggy daycare.


What makes the pet care industry so enticing? Click below:

Pet Industry Numbers: Why Invest?


Why K9 Resorts?

Not all dog daycares are created equal. Pet owners want to be sure that their furry family members are being well taken care of when they’re away. They seek out facilities that understand the way canines need to express energy and what kind of environment truly allows them to thrive. K9 Resorts is a perfect example of an ideal dog daycare and boarding facility. Their qualified and trained staff is dedicated to keeping pups happy and healthy during their stay – no matter how short or long. K9 Resorts is first-in-class among pet franchises because they have a proven system that ensures our four-legged friends are happy and stress free. Many independent dog daycare and boarding businesses, while well intentioned, often miss the mark on quality care. Either they are understaffed and overbooked, or the staff they have just isn’t trained properly. Additionally, their facilities aren’t specifically built to be dog daycare and boarding locations, so instead they cobble together what works for the space instead of creating a space that works for the dogs.

K9 Resorts focuses on exemplary facilities that are built with your pooch and the pet parent in mind. Their proprietary technology and industry-leading training make each location a first-class facility for furry family members. Each location offers clean, stress-free care for dogs that allows them to thrive instead of just survive when away from their families. In addition, K9 Resorts staff members receive industry-leading training that ensures they’re up for the challenge of caring for dogs and their parents on a daily basis. Employees learn, through franchise training, to go the extra mile when it comes to pet care and customer service because it matters. K9 Resorts’ training isn’t quite like any others. Job functions are grouped by related functions and the training for these functions are done together. The successful completion of a training module gets you a certification. Certifications are organized by levels and all employees must be certified for the function they’re performing. Each employee has a clear path and understanding of the job that they’re responsible for which makes it easy for the team to work together as a whole to provide the best possible service.

As a K9 Resorts franchisee, you’ll also get built-in marketing help and straightforward financing. You become a member of a family and your success means the overall franchise’s success because referrals are a strong part of a successful dog daycare business.


K9 Resorts isn’t your run-of-the-mill dog day care. Learn why:

K-9 Resorts is More Than Just Doggie Day Care


The Financials

If you’re looking to start a pet business, it’s probably not just because of your love of animals. You want to be able to make a living doing what you love, but at the end of the day, you still need to be able to bring in revenue and sustain your business and lifestyle. The financials of pet franchises, specifically dog daycare and boarding through K9 Resorts, are in your favor. The industry itself is booming, and as we mentioned, dog daycare is at the top of the list for what pet owners are willing to pay top-dollar for. When you work with a trusted franchise, your investment is somewhat protected. K9 Resorts offers unmatched support to franchisees that you just can’t get when you open an independent business. You’re set up to succeed from the beginning.

The cost to open a K9 Resorts franchise varies and is greatly dependent on the real estate you need to secure. Our facilities range in size from 4,000 to 7,000 square feet and as such, the cost to open, including a franchise fee of $49,500 and real estate, is typically at least $900,000 but can be more than $1.5 million depending on your geographic market. While K9 Resorts doesn’t offer financing, they do put you in contact with preferred lenders who have worked with other franchisees and have made the process as smooth as possible.

Opening a business is never cheap, but working with one of the most trusted, top-quality pet franchises in the industry can set you up for success. If you’re interested in starting a pet business, contact us today to find out more about what you can do to begin the journey toward dog daycare and boarding ownership!

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