Lowe’s and Petco to open small pet retailers in choose dwelling 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 reminiscent of meals, beds and toys, and providers like grooming and vaccinations to pick Lowe’s places.

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The primary Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store idea is anticipated 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 increase to 14 extra Lowe’s shops in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina by the tip of March. An inventory of the places was not obtainable.

The partnership was born out of the rising pet possession development throughout the pandemic, Lowe’s and Petco officers advised USA TODAY. Throughout 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, individuals are spending extra time of their houses, investing to make their houses higher locations to stay and higher locations for his or her pets to stay in as nicely,” he stated.

Lowe’s and Petco are teaming up so as to add small pet retailers in some Lowe’s shops. This can be a rendering of what retailers would possibly appear like.

There’s additionally a comfort issue.

Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s govt vp, chief model and advertising officer, advised USA TODAY that 60% of the individuals the corporate talked to “indicated they’d be extra more likely to store at a house enchancment retailer if they may 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 lots of of Petco merchandise obtainable to buy in retailer and on Lowes.com to be picked up curbside, in contactless pickup lockers or on the customer support desk. There can even be Vetco vaccination clinics, microchipping and cell grooming at choose occasions and places, Konat stated.

“It brings the very best of Petco merchandise, providers and experience beneath the bigger roof of Lowe’s,” Thalberg stated.

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

Study extra concerning the pilot at Lowes.com/Petco.

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