A national dog-training chain has found a place to sit and stay in Richmond.
Sit Means Sit, a Las Vegas-based franchised chain of dog training centers that has been operating remotely in Richmond for about two years, is preparing to open at 707 Dawn St. near Battery Park.
Local franchisees and married couple JP Frink and Kelly Hayes leased the 5,000-square-foot space where they bring in dogs for training in Richmond.
“Just under half the building will be the training area, and we’re building a dog walk, kind of like a catwalk,” Frink said. “We also have a fenced-out play and bathroom area outside.”
Frink said Sit Means Sit works with dogs of all breeds, ages and behavioral issues. He said Sit Means Sit differentiates itself by how quickly it can train dogs.
“Our longest program is 20 days, while others are maybe five-to-seven weeks. We’re very effective at getting dogs out in public off-leash,” he said. “We just want our clients to be able to have fun with their dogs.”
Broker Nathan Hughes of Sperity Real Estate Ventures represented the tenant in lease negotiations.
Sit Means Sit has more than 130 locations nationwide. Frink and Hayes left careers in the food and beverage industry to open the local franchise, and Frink said they plan to hire about seven more trainers and kennel technicians after opening the new location.
Frink and Hayes are looking to open the location in early September.
Sit Means Sit will be the second new business to open along the one-block-long Dawn Street in 2019. In the winter, Tabol Brewing opened at 704 Dawn St.