Lowe’s Companies and Petco Health + Wellness Co. announced the expansion of their pilot program that brings trusted products, services and expertise—for both home and pets—into a one-stop shop, growing from 15 Lowe’s stores to nearly 300 locations by year-end. Focusing on rural communities across the country, this expansion offers a new convenience to shoppers, providing access to pet supplies and veterinary care along with everything DIY and pro customers need for their home improvement projects.
With 90.5 million families—or 70 percent of U.S. households—now owning a pet, this expansion demonstrates a commitment to offering a growing number of pet owners the resources and peace of mind that come with knowing that care for their pets is just around the corner.
“Our initial pilot program with Petco resonated with our existing, loyal shoppers and introduced new customers to Lowe’s,” said Bill Boltz, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising. “Partnering with top brands that our customers know and trust, like Petco, allows Lowe’s to continue elevating and localizing our curated assortment to ensure we have the right products in the right markets. By expanding our store-in-store footprint, we’re offering more tailored products and services to meet the unique needs of our customers in rural and remote areas, streamlining the shopping experience.”
Lowe’s Petco store-in-stores will carry a range of products from nutrition and supplies to flea and tick solutions. Products include Petco private brands: EveryYay, Leaps & Bounds, So Phresh and WholeHearted; as well as national brands, including: Advantage II Cat, BARK Toys, Blue Buffalo, ChuckIt, Frontline, K9 Advantix, Purina One and Seresto. Petco’s Vetco Clinics, offering vaccinations, microchipping and preventative medicine, will also be available once a month at 75 Lowe’s stores and will be staffed by a licensed veterinarian.
“The success and expansion of our Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store concept is proof of the important role pets play in our lives, and pet parents’ deep desire to give them the best possible life in return,” said Amy College, Petco chief merchandising officer. “As Americans continue to improve their homes for the entire family—including their beloved pets—we’re delighted to bring Petco’s pet care expertise, combined with our health and wellness merchandise and veterinary services, to even more pet parents as we scale up to hundreds of Lowe’s locations across the country.”
The expansion of the Petco store-in-store locations is part of Lowe’s broader rural strategy to tailor its assortment in up to 300 stores to include everything needed for farm and home. Expanded rural store assortments will include feed, pet and outdoor products such as troughs, an expanded trailer selection, farm implements, livestock fencing, utility vehicles, and specialized hardware—plus new Carhartt® apparel in select stores and the expansion of Wrangler® apparel in all rural stores.
Founded in 1965, Petco operates more than 1,500 pet care centers across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Lowe’s expanded partnership with Petco, check out Lowes.com/Petco. For the list of Lowe’s Petco store-in-store locations, visit Petco at Lowe’s Store Locations (lowes.com). For more information about Lowe’s expanded farm and ranch offerings for rural customers, please view the press release.