Central Bark in Fort Lauderdale Receives Strategic Capital Investment

Central Bark, the doggy daycare pioneer in Fort Lauderdale for nearly 20 years, recently formed a strategic investment partnership with NewSpring Franchise to help the company continues expanding its presence beyond South Florida. 

Jackie Jordan and Chris Gaba (pictured) founded the Central Bark franchise system in 2003. The brand has drawn in dogs and their owners across the country to experience its Enrichment Doggy Day Care, which combines Central Bark’s doggy daycare expertise with the latest in canine behavioral science. Since starting the franchise model, Central Bark has grown to more than 35 facilities in more than a dozen states by providing a healthy and balanced blend of exercise, social group play, learning, rest and “TLC.” Central Bark also offers dog boarding, baths, grooming, a retail market and training.

By partnering with NewSpring, which operates a network of private equity strategies, Central Bark aims to accelerate growth, increase brand awareness and strengthen its mission to provide an environment where all people and dogs feel safe, valued, respected and loved. The partnership will also afford Central Bark increased access to capital and additional resources needed to bolster its infrastructure while maximizing the profitability and success of its franchise network.  

“Central Bark is beyond excited to partner with NewSpring,” Gaba says. “They’re dog people like us, through and through, and their wealth of knowledge and experience across the broad spectrum of franchising is what’s going to help elevate Central Bark to the next level. The past 18 years in franchising have been an amazing ride and we would not change a thing. We’re here and thriving because of our amazing, passionate, and dedicated team of franchisees and corporate staff, and I can’t wait to see us build upon that incredible foundation.”

As part of the agreement, Gaba and Jordan will continue to oversee the brand’s day-to-day operations while working with NewSpring to help fuel company growth and profitability. 

“At NewSpring, we look to partner with brands that have redefined a business model, have a well-established customer base, and are poised for smart growth,” says Patrick Sugrue, NewSpring General Partner. “Central Bark checks all those boxes, and then some. Central Bark differentiates itself from other dog daycare concepts because of their steadfast commitment to whole dog care and canine behavioral science. They’ve done a tremendous job of expanding strategically into priority growth markets and are well-positioned to develop even faster across both existing and new territories. We’re thrilled to partner with Jackie, Chris, and the entire Central Bark team to help the brand reach that next level.” 

For more information about franchising with Central Bark, visit centralbarkusa.com/franchising.

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.