Petland Opens Pilot Store in Saudi Arabia
Petland, which has 135 locations in international markets, just opened a pilot store in Saudi Arabia.
Petland is continuing international expansion by opening a pilot store in Saudi Arabia. The Chillicothe, Ohio-based company has 135 locations in international markets, including stores in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, China, El Salvador and South Africa.
The master franchise agreement for Saudi Arabia includes rights to develop stores in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.
“Finding the right partner takes time,” said Steve Huggins, vice president of business development and international relations for Petland. “We spent more than two years working with a family to determine the Petland Master Franchise was the right fit for a partnership, and we have spent the past months developing a strong relationship with them planning and building their first store.”
Various members of the Petland team have made several visits to the store’s location in Jeddah, where they assisted with the planning, merchandising, sourcing and training. The store, which opened late May, features pets and pet supplies. Petland offers “many unique items for the welfare of animals that have never before been available in the Middle East,” according to company officials.