TYSONS CORNER, Va., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare and spa franchise, announced today that it has signed its first regional developer (RD) agreement with Jim Rowe for the San Diego County area. Rowe is now seeking franchisees to own and operate nine new Dogtopia locations throughout the region, with opportunities to convert existing dog daycare and boarding facilities to the Dogtopia brand, as well as target key real estate opportunities for new locations along the 5 Freeway corridor. Additional opportunities exist along the 15 Freeway, extending north to Temecula. As the company's first RD, Rowe is part of Dogtopia's aggressive growth strategy to expand its brand to more than 400 locations across the U.S. and Canada over the next seven years. In October 2012, the company entered into a strategic partnership with Thomas Franchise Solutions, Ltd. (TFS), an investment firm dedicated to guiding and growing select unique franchise concepts. This partnership attracted Rowe to Dogtopia, as well as the opportunities he saw in the $52 billion U.S. pet industry. "When I heard about the franchise growth Dogtopia has achieved over the past seven years and learned more about the four revenue streams it offers, including recurring revenue from daycare, I recognized it is a formula for success," said Jim Rowe, Dogtopia regional developer. "Now, we are going to target key areas of real estate in San Diego County that are a perfect fit for the Dogtopia market and expand this business opportunity on the West Coast." Rowe has identified Downtown San Diego, Point Loma/Ocean Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside as areas ripe for franchisees to take advantage of high density, high-end consumer shopping and living districts. Rowe has been helping to grow franchised brands since 1999, when he joined a real estate business that expanded from 80 to 850 franchisees in just five years. In 2005, Rowe acquired the largest all women's weight loss franchise and oversaw a strategic merger with another brand. Currently, his primary focus is owning and managing real estate through his company SIMCAL Properties, Inc., which he founded in 1990. He enjoys advising and consulting with franchisors on growth, maximizing profits and creating strategies.