SIDNEY, Ohio (Sidney Daily News) – Chow Hound Pet Supplies is expanding beyond Michigan for the first time, and Sidney will house one of its first three stores located outside of that state.
Chow Hound Pet Supplies has targeted Feb. 1 to open its new stores in Sidney, Bellefontaine and Findlay, said Dan Dipiazzo, chief marketing officer. If stores are ready by February, they could have early openings in late January.
âWe believe there is a real opportunity,â said Dipiazzo of the business expansion. âWe know that pet ownership is on the rise. Due to the pandemic, people are focusing more on their pets, so this is a great opportunity for us to grow up. “
The Sidney store will be located at 2244 W. Michigan St., where Pet Valu was previously located. Chow Hound hired the former management team and employees of Pet Valu to work at his store in Sidney, Dipiazzo said.
“We were happy to have been able to bring them,” he said. âIt should be a real smooth transition. “
Sidney’s store will be the site of the first Chow Hound grooming salon, which is slated to open in the spring and will be staffed with a professional groomer. The company plans to expand this service to its other stores in the future.
Chow Hound also offers a number of other services such as free curbside delivery and in-store pickup, delivery within 10 miles of its stores, obedience training, wellness clinics. be and a self-service dog wash station. Some of the Michigan stores make their own dog treats, which will be shipped to stores in Ohio.
And pets are welcome at Chow Hound stores.
âPart of coming to our stores, we think, is more than just picking up dog food or cat litter,â Dipiazzo said.
Chow Hound, which has 12 stores in Michigan, plans to expand the number of products available in Sidney and introduce new brands as well. This will include an enlarged section for cats with furniture, toys and cat treats, as well as small animals for sale such as fish, reptiles, guinea pigs and rabbits.
The company also partners with shelters and rescue organizations to offer pet adoptions.
The expansion to Sidney and two other cities in Ohio is just the start of Chow Hound’s plans to expand into the Midwest, Dipiazzo said.
âOur business is just looking for growth opportunities,â he said. “We know there are animal lovers everywhere looking for a good place where they can get all the food and supplies they need.”
For more information on Chow Hound, visit https://chowhoundpet.com/.
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