Pet Valu, the new pet supply store, which opened July 30 in Stettler, is “up for adoption,” with the parent company looking for the right local individual to take on the franchise.
“It’s actually quite common for us to open stores before we find the franchisee,” said Geoff Sonik, franchise sales manager for Pet Valu. “If we find the right property, we’ll sign a lease, rather than wait and possibly lose it.”
The company is committed to the location and will operate the store if a local franchisee cannot be found, but hopes are high a Stettler business person will step up.
The store location, located adjacent to the new Sobeys Liquor Store on Main Street, is a 3,000 square-foot space and stocks specialty pet foods, treats, toys, grooming tools and more. It also features a self-serve dog wash with two dog wash and blow-dry stations.
“It makes tremendous sense to us to have someone already locally established (as franchisee),” Sonik said. “We want someone who will be involved. Our best practices include high levels of community involvement – not just with animal shelters and rescues, but in the community’s projects as well.”
The stores do not sell pets like dogs or cats, but the company is looking forward to partnering with local shelters and rescues to have cats up for adoption and special dog-adoption weekends, Sonik said.
Eligible franchisees will need a $300,000 net worth, with $125,000 in liquid assets, a press release from Pet Valu noted. Anyone interested in franchising with the company can find out more at www.petvalu.com/franchise or phone 1-800-845-4759.