Canadian Specialty Retailer Ren’s Pets Continues Urban Expansion in Toronto

Press release: Ren’s Pets

Ren’s Pets, a leading Canadian specialty retailer of pet food and supplies, is opening a new retail store in The Beaches, Toronto, Ontario this fall. It will be the third urban concept store for Ren’s with a smaller footprint, stylish new look, and curated best selection of products designed to fulfill the needs of an urban pet parent. The store will be located at 2050 Queen Street East by TD Bank.

“We’re really excited to open an urban concept Ren’s store in The Beaches, expanding our network of stores in Toronto,” said Scott Arsenault, CEO at Ren’s Pets. “We know the area has a very passionate pet community who is looking for the type of premium pet food, treats, and toys in the best brands that we carry at Ren’s. The new location couldn’t be more perfect, right by the grocery store, banks, library, and park which leads to the beach.”

The Beaches store will have a 6,000 sq ft footprint, and feature Ren’s best selection of dog and cat products. This includes aisles of high-quality dog & cat food, displays of treats & toys, plus a special grooming section. There will also be 15 doors or 30’ of large walk-in freezers for raw & frozen pet food, one of the biggest selections in Toronto. The overall look of the store will have a fresh boutique style look, using updated signage, barnboard and brick accents, and new styles of fixtures.

“We learned a lot opening our first urban location in Liberty Village, Toronto,” said Arsenault. “It showed us that pet parents in the city wanted smaller to medium sized bagged food, along with a large selection of raw frozen food. They loved bringing their pets in frequently when out for a walk to pick up a new treat or toy. We ended up expanding both our cat and grooming sections, to meet demand. We have The Junction, Toronto opening this February, and expect to see a lot of learnings from that urban location as well.”

“Liberty Village also quickly became our top DoorDash store, demonstrating how Toronto pet parents want same-day delivery for convenience,” added Larissa Wasyliw, VP of e-commerce and marketing at Ren’s. “The Beaches should be similar, as it’s an easy way for dog and cat owners to get their pet supplies, in particular bigger bags of pet food and heavy kitty litter, delivered right to their doorstep.”

“There are already a lot of Ren’s Rewards members from The Beaches area that shop with us now in our GTA stores or on the website,” continued Wasyliw. “We know that these pet parents want a great neighborhood pet store where they can bring their pets, chat with knowledgeable staff for advice, weigh their pet, try samples, and get fitted for halters or collars. We can’t wait to show The Beaches that Ren’s is here for your Pet’s Best Life with the best food, treats, and toys you can get for happy, healthy pets.”

Ren’s operates 45 stores in Ontario and the Maritimes, with 10 additional new stores currently scheduled to open in 2023.

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