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AKC to Open the Brick and Mortar AKC Canine Retreat


January 18, 2017

The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced that its new pet care space, AKC Canine Retreat, will have its grand opening in New York City on February 11. Located in the exclusive VIA 57WEST building at 625 West 57th St., the space is AKC’s venture into the premium pet care market.

This initiative marks a new chapter for the AKC brand as this is the first brick and mortar retail service in the organization’s 132-year history. The unique 4,000 square foot pet care facility, which will be an amenity for the building residents and will serve the dog owners in the neighborhood, offers a luxurious one-stop pet care experience.

“The AKC has a deep and unmatched wealth of expertise and credibility that is of great value to dog owners,” said Alexandra Aleskovsky, EVP and chief growth officer of the AKC. “The opportunity to join the rapidly expanding pet care segment is a natural step towards the future, progression and legacy of the AKC. The AKC Canine Retreat is the new standard in pet care.”

AKC Canine Retreat aims to create the ultimate dog experience and serve dogs better with extensively trained staff who are experts in breed behavior, using positive reinforcement training and leveraging AKC Canine Good Citzen Evaluators to help dogs become good city dwellers. The high-end facility will offer daycare, boarding, training, walking and premium spa grooming and bathing services. Prices range from $45-85 per day for daycare and boarding with unlimited day care and membership options available.

“Pet care, particularly boarding and grooming are important to busy dog owners,” said Mitch Marrow, chief operating officer of AKC Petcare LLC. “By combining our 130-plus years of experience with our love for dogs, we are able to create a safe place that gives their dogs the care they deserve.”

The AKC has signed a multi-year lease at the VIA 57WEST building, a beautiful, residential structure of groundbreaking design by Bjarke Ingles in one of New York’s most dynamic neighborhoods.

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