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Petco to Unveil 10 New Stores in October

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6, 2017 – Petco, a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies and services, will open 10 new stores across the country and re-open one newly relocated store in La Habra, CA and one expanded store in Verona, NJ.

Petco stores provide a one-stop shopping experience where pet parents can purchase anything from pet food to toys and apparel, while addressing the holistic health needs of pets via the grooming salon, dog training area and in-store Vetco clinics.

Each new store will offer pet parents and their pets dog training areas, adoption centers and grooming salons. The stores will continue to offer a wide selection of branded products as well as private label offerings sold only at Petco, including the Star Wars Pet Fan Collection.

In October, the following 10 new Petco stores will celebrate grand openings:

  • Chicago-Diversey located at 4039 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60639
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 6-8
    • Wellness Weekend: Oct. 14-15
  • Shelby Township located at 7554 26 Mile Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 6-8
    • Wellness Weekend: Oct. 14-15
  • Kent-Pacific Highway located at 25444 Pacific Hwy. S., Kent, WA 98032
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 13-15
    • Wellness Weekend: Oct. 21-22
  • Osceola located at 3201 Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 13-15
  • Pasco located at 7202 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA 99301
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 20-22
  • Winter Park located at 501 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 145, Winter Park, FL 32789
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 20-22
    • Wellness Weekend: Oct. 28-29
  • Midlothian located at 200 FM 663, Suite 300, Midlothian, TX 76065
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 27-29
    • Wellness Weekend: Nov. 4-5
  • Brooklyn-Sunset Park located at 220 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 27-29
    • Wellness Weekend: Nov. 4-5
  • Bloomington located at 7993 Southtown Dr., Bloomington, MN 55431
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 27-29
    • Wellness Weekend: Nov. 4-5
  • Bartlesville located at 2709 SE Adams Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006
    • Grand Opening Weekend: Oct. 27-29

One store will be relocated and celebrate its grand re-opening celebration on Oct. 13-15 and its Wellness Weekend on Oct. 21-22:

  • La Habra located at 11601 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, CA 90631

One store will be expanded and celebrate its grand re-opening weekend on Oct. 27-29 and its Wellness Weekend on Nov. 4-5:

  • Verona located at 339 Pompton Ave., Verona, NJ 07044

People and pets are invited to attend the grand opening festivities taking place at each store, followed by a special Wellness Center celebration the next weekend where they’ll receive a voucher for a free vaccination package. Wellness Centers offer pet parents convenient and affordable pet wellness and vaccination services inside select Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores. Grand opening activities include ribbon cutting ceremonies, as well as in-store adoption events and special offers for Pals Rewards customers.

For more information about the grand opening activities for these stores, visit petco.com/storelocator.

For additional information visit us on Petco.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that obsesses about delivering health and happy experiences for pets and the people who love them. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; digitally-delivered pet health advice through PetCoach; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $200 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

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Petco Celebrates National Pets @ Work Day

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2017 PRNewswire — Research continues to show that having a pet – or even just interacting with one – has positive effects on both animals and people. Petco believes that carrying those effects into the workplace, where most of us spend the majority of our time, is a no-brainer. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, only seven percent of employers allow pets to come to work with their pet parents, up from five percent in recent years. Petco’s “National Pets @ Work Day” celebration is designed to encourage more businesses to embrace a pet-friendly environment and raise awareness of the mutual benefits of a pets at work culture.

“On National Pets @ Work Day, we celebrate the benefits of having pets in the workplace as well as the growing number of employers that recognize these benefits, in terms of boosting team morale, reducing stress, increasing productivity and creativity, and improving employee health,” said Petco CEO Brad Weston. “With this day, our goal is to encourage more employers to make their workplaces pet friendly.”

Small dog in down-position on the floor in a Petco associate's cubicle at Petco's Corporate office.

Numerous studies show that bringing pets to the office can help:

  • Improve employee health: With the stress and pressure that work can sometimes bring, the presence of animals – including even fish in tanks – can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have also shown that dog and cat parents made fewer animal doctor visits than non-pet parents.
  • Reduce stress: A recent study of pet-friendly retail business found that employees’ self-reported stress levels declined when their dogs were present, while stress increased for non-pet parents and for pet parents who did not bring their dogs to work.
  • Increase productivity and promote creativity: Dogs remind us to get up and take breaks, and most of the time that means taking Fido for a walk outside. Research shows that walking, especially outdoors, can increase creative ideation in real time and shortly after, which have been shown to improve employee morale, productivity and focus.
  • Enhance socialization among co-workers: Pets can act as catalysts for human social interactions. In fact, just being in the presence of pets can increase the frequency of social interactions, especially with strangers, because they can be a conversation starter.
  • Improve productivity: When pet parents don’t have to worry about rushing home to their pets for bathroom or exercise breaks, they may be more likely to stay and enjoy office happy hours or other activities.

Over the years, Petco has developed simple guidelines for pet-friendly workplaces. For employers, it’s important to create a thorough policy for bringing pets to work. Employers should first consider their requirements of pets and pet parents such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and licensing and leashing, as well as setting clear guidelines and expectations for pet housing, such as pet gates, small habitats and aquariums.

Other factors employers should address when rolling out pet-friendly policies include the following:

  • Make sure there are readily accessible outdoor areas for pet breaks.
  • Consider pet-free zones for employees with allergies.
  • Consider investing in built-in or removable pet gates at employee workspaces to make containment safe and easy.
  • Clear pet-accessible areas of any potentially dangerous items such as cables, human food, electronics and furniture that could easily be knocked down.
  • Keep toys, treats and anything else pets may not want to share with other animals out of common areas.
  • Consider providing pet clean-up stations for inevitable “accidents” around the office.

For more tips on pet policies and the benefits of Pets @ Work, visit our Pets @ Work or Petco Community pages.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; digitally-delivered pet health advice through PetCoach; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $185 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.