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EarthWise Pet Acquires 18-Location Pet Pros Chain

EarthWise Pet now has 151 locations throughout the U.S.

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Pet Pros, an 18-store chain in Washington state, is joining EarthWise Pet.

The Pet Pros locations have been purchased by Zeke and Sabino Arredondo, who will operate them as a franchisee of the EarthWise Pet brand. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company had been owned since 1992 by Harvey and Nancy Peterson.

“The Petersons built a company that we love and respect, and they have built a wonderful team,” said EarthWise Pet CEO Michael Seitz. “We share the same values when it comes to serving pets, their people, and the community, and we’re honored to carry their legacy forward.”

Day-to-day management of Pet Pros has been handled since 2016 by General Manager Georgann McConn. McConn will continue to oversee the locations, and no staffing changes are expected. The only major change will be the addition of a dog grooming area that will include professional groomers as well as self-wash stations depending on space and store location, according to a press release.

Pet Pros opened its first location in Seattle in 1986 and expanded to 18 locations under the Petersons. Pet Pros has stores in Auburn, Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Issaquah, Lake Stevens, Maple Valley, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Newcastle, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle and Tacoma; and an office in Woodinville.

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The acquisition follows EarthWise Pet’s strategic partnership with Pet Stuff America and acquisition of Pet Stuff Franchising, which was announced in August. Together, the two deals have doubled the size of the EarthWise Pet chain to 151 locations nationwide, with additional locations slated to open prior to the end of the year.

“We believe that by bringing locally owned pet stores together, we can help entrepreneurs compete effectively against online retailers and corporate chains,” Seitz said. “Customers love having people they can trust who provide advice, guidance, and support to them and their pets. Big chains do have some advantages, however, and by layering in additional services that EarthWise Pet has developed, and building a brand with the economies of scale to negotiate better pricing, we have evened the playing field for the types of local business owners who know their customers’ pets by name.”

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