Welcoming Justin Balaski!

Welcoming Justin Balaski!

Hi everyone, Vik and I are pleased to announce that Justin Balaski has joined HC Distribution in the capacity of Business Development Manager effective Monday November 24th. Justin comes to HC with 14 years of experience in Distribution and Sales, in the Health, Lifestyle, and Nutrition industry. Justin’s most recent role has been with Nutrition Club Canada where he managed the accounts of over 250 nutrition related retailers in Alberta. Justin holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, a CMC designation, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. We are pleased and excited to start end the year with Justin on board and expect to see a significant impact on sales of the Cyclone product as well as new products introduced to the business as a result of his expertise. Any question, please contact me directly. Have a great day! It’s a great one for HC Distribution! Chad Hughes...
Dogtopia Paws Its Way Into Canada

Dogtopia Paws Its Way Into Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — I have a frequent-flyer friend who lives with her yorkie and often finds herself having to run out of town at a moment’s notice. Most times, she can leave home feeling confident and secure knowing she can count on me to step in and provide Coco with affectionate care. I love dogs, but as a travel journalist I’m on the road a lot and don’t keep pets of my own. When I am home, I welcome the opportunity to spend time with my surrogate pet. We enjoy our walks together, having treats, and snuggling. Coco feels right at home here. But when I am not available to dog sit, Rosa in the past has had no choice but to leave her cherished pet in a kennel when she goes on vacay. That’s about to change. Dogtopia, a doggie daycare centre that started in Virginia in 2002, is expanding to Canada, with 35 locations planned for the next several years. Vancouver will be home to the first franchise location in the country early in 2014, Dogtopia founder and CEO Amy Nichols says. “I was in Vancouver for the first time a couple of years ago and it was only for a few days, and we weren’t thinking about coming into Canada at that point, but I remember thinking to myself: Those are our people. Our customers are very committed to their pets and they’re highly educated. It seemed very natural to me that a market like Vancouver would make sense for Dogtopia,” Nichols says. “I just thought, ‘We need to be here.’ Little did I know...
Popular U.S. franchise Dogtopia comes to Canada

Popular U.S. franchise Dogtopia comes to Canada

When Peter Thomas met Amy Nichols, it was a match made in heaven. Dog heaven, that is. Ms. Nichols is the founder and CEO of the doggy daycare, boarding and spa franchise Dogtopia, owned by U.S.-based Dogtopia Enterprises LLC. The upscale chain, which launched in Tysons Corner, Virginia, in 2002, partly as a solution for Ms. Nichols’ own bored Boston terrier Griffin, offers dogs pampered care in playrooms equipped with live webcams so owners can watch their pooches hanging with their pals. Mr. Thomas, who built the Century 21 real estate franchise in Canada and developed the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, was then looking at the pet industry space to make some investments. As chairman of Thomas Franchise Solutions, an investment firm created to support franchise concepts, Mr. Thomas was interested in the rapidly rising pet industry – currently approaching $60-billion annually in the U.S. (according to the APPA American Pet Products Association) and $6.5-billion in Canada (according to the Canadian Pet Market Outlook 2014 report). After being referred to Ms. Nichols in 2012, the pair entered into a strategic partnership, expanding the brand across the U.S. from 20 to 31 locations. System wide, the company is targeting $18-million this year, with an average revenue of $700,000 per store. Now Dogtopia chairman, Mr. Thomas has acquired the franchising rights in Canada, opening the first Dogtopia Enterprises Canada Inc. location in Coquitlam, B.C. With Canadian spending on pets expected to reach $8.3-billion per year by 2018, Mr. Thomas plans an aggressive growth strategy to open up 40 locations across Canada over the next seven years. “Dogtopia has the...
Dogtopia – There is Great News

Dogtopia – There is Great News

There is great news for dog owners in Vancouver, Coquitlam and Calgary! Dogtopia will soon be providing an alternative to chewed up shoes and shredded couches! The best dog daycare franchise in the United States is about to open the first Canadian location. Chris Aconley from Port Moody, BC, is combining his entrepreneurial spirit and love of dogs to open the first Canadian Dogtopia franchise in Coquitlam. The grand opening is scheduled to open this fall. “The pet industry is booming, and I am excited to be a part of it. I love the business model and I love the core values of Dogtopia”, Aconley stated. “What really set Dogtopia apart from other franchise opportunities was the focus on the well being of the dogs, while still creating a profitable dogtopia there is great news business model”. Soon to follow the Coquitlam grand opening will be stores both in Vancouver and Calgary, opening before the end of 2014. Dogtopia currently is opening the 30th store in the U.S., in Orange County, CA. This month Dogtopia will also be hosting the 10th anniversary of the annual Charity Dog Wash in locations across the U.S. raising money for the charitable arm of the company, K9 Support. With regions now open in Eastern and Western Canada, and across the U.S., Dogtopia is the fastest growing franchise in the pet industry. If you are interested in finding out more about franchise opportunities within Canada, please visit...