By JASON GREENBERG
Chillicothe-based Petland Inc. announced Monday that it is expanding its international reach into the Middle East North Africa region.
In the last two years Petland has opened more than 20 new locations into international markets. The pet store chain has stores set to open in the next year in Saudi Arabia and has signed a master franchise agreement to develop stores in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.
“Finding the right partner takes time. We spent more than two years working with a family to determine the Petland Master Franchise was the right fit for a partnership,” Petland Vice President of Business Development and International Relations Steve Huggins said. “Our new partners plan to develop many Petland locations. They believe this will improve the lives of their people and their pets.”
“We are pleased with the opportunity to expand our international family,” Petland President and CEO Joe Watson said. “Petland stores in Middle East will make a positive, consistent impact on overall pet retail and will provide a unique, convenient pet shopping experience for families looking for a new pet or buying supplies for their current pets.”
Various members of the Petland team will be visiting Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where they will be planning the launch of the first Petland pilot store in the MENA region. They will assist with site location, pet selection, merchandise and training.
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