Petco, a national retail chain offering pet supplies and services, has opened a new store in the Washington Square shopping center.
The store, located at 1080 Washington Square next to Big Lots, officially opened Monday morning.
Washington’s store offers full-service grooming for animals, dog training classes and free seminars about caring for small animals. In addition, photos with pets will be offered from time to time.
Petco also carries birds, reptiles, hamsters and gerbils and has an aquatics department with fish.
Company officials decided to open a location in Washington because of an increased demand in the Franklin County area, according to Lisa Dill, store manager.
“We did a ZIP code analysis and found that many people in Washington, Union, Sullivan and Pacific were going to the St. Louis stores,” said Dill, who came from the Petco store in Quincy, Ill.
Washington’s store will employ 12, including three dog trainers and three full-service groomers.
Additionally, Petco in Washington is partnering with the Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS) to house some of the shelter’s cats available for adoption at the store.
“We are excited that Petco in Washington has chosen FCHS to place our cats in their resident cat area,” said Donna King, FCHS shelter manager. “This will truly help us to find homes for more of them.”
King noted that the cats at the store will be spayed or neutered, have up-to-date vaccinations and receive a microchip and complimentary well-pet exam.
“Typically a cat is in residence at a store between one and two weeks before adoption,” King said.
Dill said dogs up for adoption from the FCHS may be brought in during the weekends but will not stay at the Petco store.
All adoptions will still take place through the FCHS, Dill said.
“We’re also looking for more adoption partners that can bring their animals in on the weekends,” Dill said.
Petco also offers field trips to schoolchildren and grants to teachers who want to use pets in their classes. Girl Scouts can earn their animal badges with Petco, Dill said.
The Washington location will hold a grand opening this Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16.
A ribbon cutting is set for 8:55 a.m. Saturday.
Throughout the weekend, the store will have a meet and greet with adoptable animals, pet photography, seminars on adoptions, chances to meet with trainers and groomers plus free giveaways.
Petco will hold a Halloween costume contest for pets Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-2 p.m. Judging and prizes will take place at 2:30 p.m.
The store is about 11,638 square feet in size, according to Walpert Properties, the property management company that owns the strip mall where Petco is located.
Petco in Washington will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Grooming hours will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The store’s phone number is 636-390-2411.