PetSmart announced it has reached a major milestone by opening its 1,600th store in its expanding store footprint across North America. The 1,600th store opened its doors last week and is located in El Paso, Texas, at 3790 Joe Battle Blvd. In addition, the leading pet specialty retailer announced the opening of its Casper, Wyoming, store last month, marking PetSmart’s presence now in all 50 U.S. states.
The 1,600th PetSmart store in El Paso features nearly 18,000 square feet of space and includes a Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shop, which is a new feature in all new PetSmart stores. The shops are about 550 square feet and offer 400-plus items across several brands and an expanded collection of pet food products featuring high-protein, natural, grain-free, minimally processed and raw pet food. These pet food types are the fastest growing in the overall pet food category, and include brands such as Only Natural Pet, a natural pet line that is protein-first, sustainably produced, American-manufactured pet food, as well as a line of supplements and other natural pet solutions.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our associates and the community of El Paso, Texas,” said Brian Amkraut, executive vice president, store operations, services, supply chain and real estate, for PetSmart. “At a time when the retail world is dramatically changing and many retailers are closing stores, we are proud of our store expansion efforts. We continue to focus on meeting the needs of pets and pet parents alike, and a key element of that strategy includes expanding our brick-and-mortar footprint to be the most convenient, best-in-class retailer.”
Pet parents will find a comprehensive line of pet supply products at the new El Paso store, as well as services such as pet training, adoption services, and a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best. All PetSmart groomers are academy trained and safety certified, with PetSmart’s grooming graduates completing more than 800 hours of hands-on instruction, including grooming 200 dogs under supervision.
To celebrate this milestone, PetSmart is having a grand opening event this Saturday, December 2, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Local media and pet parents are encouraged to attend and bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun.
The first 100 shoppers to make a purchase will receive coupons worth $30, and all customers will receive free giveaways such as T-shirts, pet toys and free photos with their pets. All available while supplies last.