Ponce Mayor María “Mayita” Meléndez and Héctor Rodríguez, Petco’s market manager, stroll through the new store.
Pet specialty retailer Petco opened its second store in Puerto Rico last week, at the Ponce Mall. The 12,000 square foot location will feature full service grooming, dog training and water sports department. To mark its arrival to the south, Petco spent the weekend conducting family and pet-friendly activities.
Petco has a “Think Adoption First” philosophy, which means it strongly recommends that anyone looking to add a new pet to their family consider adopting a companion animal in need of a loving home, rather than purchasing one — even from a Petco store. The retailer is committed to scaling back the overpopulation of homeless animals in Puerto Rico through education and awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.
Petco was founded in 1965 and currently has more than 1,250 stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, where it arrived in December 2012 with a store in San Juan.
Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.
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