After opening their first location in 2009, John and Lisa McDonald are getting ready to open a second location of their Leader of the Pack Canine Institute.
The new facility will offer training, day care, boarding, grooming and pet supplies for all breeds of dogs.
The McDonald’s recently closed on a multi-million-dollar SBA 504 construction loan that will enable them to open a new location on three and a half acres of land in a business park in Forks Township.
The original location is on Farm Bureau Road in Upper Macungie Township.
“We have been wanting to open a second location that is convenient for our families that live on the East side of the Lehigh Valley,” said John McDonald. “The time was right when we found the right piece of property. We’ve decided to take a leap of faith and open a second corporate location in Forks.”
Jeff Barber of Lehigh Financial Group arranged the combination SBA and conventional construction loan from TD Bank that the McDonalds will use to build the new location.
He noted that Leader of the Pack Canine Institute also has a franchise offering, which the McDonalds are marketing with a regional approach for additional expansion of their pet services business.
The McDonalds said they hope to break ground on the new facility at 1200 Braden Boulevard in June. When complete, it will be a 28,125-square-foot building.
Construction is expected to be complete by early spring 2024.
The new location will have about 50 employees. Its current location employs 45.
The McDonalds were represented by Attorney Joseph Piperato of Eastburn & Gray Law Offices in Bethlehem and Paula Csaszar of Penn Star Land Transfer, LLC. Rob Millman and Todd Sparks of TD Bank funded the loan.