Lowe’s and Petco to open small pet outlets in choose house enchancment shops with new pilot

Lowe’s goes to the canine, to not point out cats and different pets, too.

The house enchancment retailer chain is teaming up with Petco on a pilot store-in-store program that brings pet merchandise comparable to meals, beds and toys, and companies like grooming and vaccinations to pick out Lowe’s areas.

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The primary Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store idea is predicted to open in early February on the Lowe’s in Alamo Ranch, Texas, the 2 retailers introduced Thursday.

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This system will then broaden to 14 extra Lowe’s shops in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina by the top of March. A listing of the areas was not accessible.

The partnership was born out of the rising pet possession pattern throughout the pandemic, Lowe’s and Petco officers instructed USA TODAY. In the course of the previous two years, greater than 11 million new pets have entered U.S. houses, the businesses stated.

Nick Konat, Petco’s chief merchandising officer, stated in an interview that pets have been a supply of pleasure, consolation, private, bodily and psychological well being throughout the pandemic.

“And on the identical time, persons are spending extra time of their houses, investing to make their houses higher locations to dwell and higher locations for his or her pets to dwell in as properly,” he stated.

Lowe’s and Petco are teaming up so as to add small pet outlets in some Lowe’s shops. It is a rendering of what outlets would possibly appear like.

There’s additionally a comfort issue.

Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s government vp, chief model and advertising and marketing officer, instructed USA TODAY that 60% of the individuals the corporate talked to “indicated they’d be extra prone to store at a house enchancment retailer if they might additionally buy all their pet wants in the identical place.”

She added Lowe’s shops nationwide have “at all times been recognized for being extremely pet pleasant.”

Lowe’s + Petco pilot

The Lowe’s shops within the pilot could have a whole bunch of Petco merchandise accessible to buy in retailer and on Lowes.com to be picked up curbside, in contactless pickup lockers or on the customer support desk. There will even be Vetco vaccination clinics, microchipping and cellular grooming at choose occasions and areas, Konat stated.

“It brings the most effective of Petco merchandise, companies and experience beneath the bigger roof of Lowe’s,” Thalberg stated.

It is potential the pilot will broaden to greater than 15 shops. Petco’s Konat and Lowe’s Thalberg stated the 2 firms are optimistic about future progress and plan to be taught from the pilot.

Be taught extra concerning the pilot at Lowes.com/Petco.

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