photos by WES HAMILTON
Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., a national retailer of pet food, supplies and services, opened yesterday at 3840 W. Washita.
The first business to open in the new Springfield Plaza, the store offers pet food, toys and apparel as well as a salon, adoption center, dog training area and in-store Vetco clinic, according to a press release. Additionally, a wellness event will be held Aug. 5 and 6 in which customers will receive a voucher for a free vaccination package.
Springfield Plaza is a $78.5 million, 90-acre development being constructed off East Sunshine near West Bypass by Grace One LLC and Rankin Development LLC. Additional tenants to open in the future are Burlington Coat Factory, Ross Dress For Less, and Shoe Show Inc.’s Shoe Dept. Encore, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
The store offers pet toys, food and apparel as well as a salon, dog training area, clinic and adoption center.
There are 1,500 Petcos in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico including ones in Branson, Osage Beach, and three in northern Arkansas. Other pet-supply competitors in Springfield include Petsway Inc., PetSmart Inc., All About Dogs & Cats LLC and All Pet Supplies & Equine Center.
Petco, which was founded in 1965, also will open stores this July in Hammond, Louisiana, and East Windsor, New Jersey. The company's adoption centers find homes for about 400,000 animals every year, according to its website.