Fanwood-based luxury dog day care brand expands to Utah and Nebraska

Fanwood-based K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel, a luxury boarding and dog day care brand, recently announced a multiunit signed agreement for a location in Omaha, Nebraska, and two in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Heading the expansion of the brand is Richard Stull, a franchise professional with over four decades experience in McDonald’s. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in leadership and operations management.

Now, combined with Stull’s love for dogs, he is using his earnings to invest in K9 Resorts’ booming franchise opportunity.

“After decades in the McDonald’s system, I felt it was time for a change and, while I wanted to hang up my spatula, I knew I didn’t want to retire,” Stull said. “When I was introduced to K9 Resorts and visited some of the locations, I saw tails wagging as dogs were coming in and when they were leaving. I knew this was a unique opportunity to utilize my entrepreneurial drive with a brand that is positioned for rapid growth.”

With his background in leadership positions at McDonald’s, Stull believes that his experience in customer service and operational management will be invaluable in ensuring the success of his K9 Resorts locations. With site selection currently underway, he plans to leverage his expertise to create personalized experiences for pet owners and foster a positive work environment for his team.

“With Richard’s impressive track record in the franchise industry, coupled with his genuine passion for providing exceptional care and service, he is an ideal franchise partner to bring into our system,” Jason Parker, co-founder and CEO of K9 Resorts Franchising, said. “We look forward to seeing his positive impact unfold in the communities he serves as he becomes an integral part of our mission to provide the highest standards of pet hospitality.”

K9 Resorts is “leading the pack” among luxury pet care franchises with more than 165 resorts across 28 states currently operating or in various stages of development.

Pet boarding is on a trajectory to become a $35.8 billion industry by 2031, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 6.4%., according to Allied Market Research.