September 02, 2016 // Franchising.com // PHOENIX – Dogtopia - the nation’s leading dog daycare, boarding, training and spa facilities - has appointed Jesse Stiles as Vice President of Real Estate. Stiles will oversee site selection for new and existing franchisees, as well as spearhead company growth plans nationwide.
Stiles brings with him more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate and franchise development. Most recently, Stiles held a position with Domino’s in which he oversaw the strategic development for the entire Western United States region. In this role, Stiles worked on securing long term growth agreements with franchisees, analyzing markets and new site selection and relocation. Prior, Stiles worked with Driven Brands, Inc. to lead growth of the Meineke brand, helping to open 100 stores during his five-year tenure.
In his new position with Dogtopia, Stiles will add depth to the brand’s franchise development system and provide franchisee support. To accelerate the on-boarding process, Stiles will work directly with new franchisees to facilitate their store opening and compress opening timelines. In addition, since Dogtopia underwent a major brand reinvention in 2015, all existing locations will soon be remodeled to reflect the updated store design. Stiles will play a large role in streamlining the rebranding process for all existing locations. Additionally, Stiles will manage Dogtopia’s existing relationship with global commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield.
“We’re very excited to add another highly skilled individual to the Dogtopia team,” stated Neil Gill, CEO of Dogtopia. “As we continue expanding nationally, the success of new units is crucial to our brand’s development. Jesse has the expertise to get Dogtopia into the right sites and will have an instant impact on helping our franchisees seek out and negotiate the best possible real estate.”
With a focus on building the brand’s presence in every major metropolitan market, the company plans to open more than 100 locations by 2017 and reach 400 stores by 2021. Stiles will be instrumental in meeting these goals.
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 – 10,000 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 44 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 www.Dogtopia.com or www.Dogtopia.com/success.
Fishman Public Relations