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2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#240 Ranked #348 last year
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Initial investment
$457K - $772K
Units as of 2023
48 Increase 269.2% over 3 years

Michael Gould came from a career of working with dogs to founding his own company that seeks to make the happiest dogs on earth a reality. Gould worked in the police canine management unit for multiple years before starting his pet care facility.

For more than 20 years, Hounds Town USA has been a modern-day pet spa providing daycare services, grooming, and boarding for pets. A franchise location also may include pet taxi services if pet owners are held up and cannot ferry their furry friends to and from appointments. With over two million pets hosted, Hounds Town USA may be a strong industry competitor. 

Why You May Want To Start a Hounds Town USA Franchise

Franchisees with Hounds Town USA strives to give dogs and cats the time of their lives by playing with them and providing activities to keep them busy, all while making them super happy. Additionally, providing services that a community needs will leave behind a good mark. Potential franchisees may choose to be a hands-on or absentee franchisee.

To join the network of more than 10 franchise locations, a franchisee is responsible for being a pet lover who looks forward to unique days every day. On top of this, a franchisee should have a personable nature, possess an entrepreneurial spirit, and be ready to learn. Prior sales and marketing experience is not necessary, but may be helpful.

What Might Make a Hounds Town USA Franchise a Good Choice?

Opening a Hounds Town USA franchise may have a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that could struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.

To be part of the Hounds Town USA team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open a Hounds Town USA Franchise

As you decide if opening a Hounds Town USA franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Hounds Town USA franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Hounds Town USA franchising team questions. 

Should you become eligible to be a franchisee, you will receive training and support from location set-up to ongoing support as you run your franchise. You will have access to personalized coaching, advice, support for your finances, and much more.

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Company Overview

About Hounds Town USA

Industry Pets
Related Categories Pet Care
Founded 2001
Leadership Jackie Bondanza, CEO
Corporate Address 12 Garrity Ave.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Social Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2008 (16 years)
# of employees at HQ 20
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming

# of Units 48 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Hounds Town USA franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$49,000
Initial Investment Information Circle
$457,200 - $771,900
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$500,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$200,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
6%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
2%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing Hounds Town USA offers in-house financing to cover the following: inventory
Third Party Financing Hounds Town USA has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 194 hours
Classroom Training 47 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
# of employees required to run 5
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes
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Updated: December 12th, 2022