Lowe’s is going to the dogs, not to mention cats and other pets, too.
The home improvement store chain is teaming up with Petco on a pilot store-in-store program that brings pet products such as food, beds and toys, and services like grooming and vaccinations to select Lowe’s locations.
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The first Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store concept is expected to open in early February at the Lowe’s in Alamo Ranch, Texas, the two retailers announced Thursday.
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The program will then expand to 14 additional Lowe’s stores in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina by the end of March. A list of the locations was not available.
The partnership was born out of the growing pet ownership trend during the pandemic, Lowe’s and Petco officials told USA TODAY. During the past two years, more than 11 million new pets have entered U.S. homes, the companies said.
Nick Konat, Petco’s chief merchandising officer, said in an interview that pets have been a source of joy, comfort, personal, physical and mental health…