Ready to fill the need for a fun, safe place to play, train and socialize with dogs, Zoom Room, an indoor dog gym and training facility, is set to ‘zoom’ into cities nationwide through its newly relaunched franchise opportunity following a significant investment in the company.
Launched in 2008, Zoom Room quickly added dozens of locations nationwide and filled a deep demand for a climate-controlled space for owners to play, train and socialize with their dogs. The company paused franchising to focus on rebuilding its franchise infrastructure and has since assembled an experienced board of directors and a new investment from multi-unit emerging brand investor Anthony Polazzi of AP Franchised Concepts, LLC to support the sustainable growth of the franchise. Polazzi and Zoom Room’s CEO, Mark Van Wye, have made necessary changes to the brand to resume franchising and now plan to add 100 new stores over the next five years.
“Anthony brings a tremendous amount of expertise to Zoom Room and knows how to take emerging franchise concepts to the next level,” Van Wye said. “Now that we’ve reinforced our franchise infrastructure with the systems and operations needed to support a large network of franchisees, we are ready to make Zoom Room the No. 1 indoor dog gym and training facility in the country.”
Zoom Room’s motto is “We don’t train dogs. We train the people who love them.” Its cutting-edge curriculum focuses on deepening the bond between dog and owner, which allows people to fully understand their dog’s behavior and creates a distinctly social atmosphere. In addition to being experts in dog agility—which can be taught to any dog, no matter its size, age, breed or experience—Zoom Room offers an array of specialty classes including Shy Dog, Calm Down!, Pup-lates®, Scent Tracking, Urban Herding, Flyball, Rally Obedience and more.
Because Zoom Room requires owners to be present with their dog at all times, the liability shifts from the store to the owner, which is unique in the pet franchise industry. Zoom Room also requires a small footprint and does not have to navigate complex zoning issues. Zoom Room locations range between 2,700 square feet and 3,000 square feet, and due to the business being zoned as retail, franchisees can open a Zoom Room in any area of their desired city.
“Zoom Room is a highly unique concept in the $69 billion pet industry. It has created a fun, sporty atmosphere in its stores and is one of the few places in metro areas where an owner can relax, have fun learning with their dog and meet other like-minded pet owners,” Polazzi said. “We are confident entrepreneurs will gravitate to this innovative brand and Zoom Room will become the epicenter of dog-loving communities nationwide.”
The Zoom Room franchise opportunity is ideal for dog-loving entrepreneurs or investors looking to diversify their franchise portfolio. No prior dog training experience is necessary to become a Zoom Room franchisee, as its extensive training program allows for dog training novices to become experts in a matter of months. Zoom Room also offers an incredibly fun and convenient lifestyle with the store open only during set business hours and the concept requiring minimal payroll and staff.
Investment for Zoom Room ranges between $137,125 and $290,635, depending on size and location. For a limited time, Zoom Room’s franchise fee is $39,500 for one unit and $79,000 for three units. On January 1, the franchise fee will increase to $49,000 for one unit and $98,000 for three. All U.S. territories are currently available for purchase with the exception of Hawaii, North and South Dakota and Rhode Island.