Posted: March 28, 2014, 12:40 p.m. EDT
PetSmart today opened a product distribution center in eastern Pennsylvania that is expected to serve more than 260 stores by 2015.
Company CEO David Lenhardt, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent attended the ceremony in Bethel, Pa.
"PetSmart operates 55 stores and employs more than 2,000 people throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the opening of this new facility is a continuation of our commitment to growing in this area of the country,” Lenhardt said. "We look forward to providing opportunities for our existing associates as well as adding new team members from Bethel and the surrounding areas.”
In addition to selling pet products of all kinds, PetSmart stores offer pet training classes.
The 870,000-square-foot warehouse will stockpile and deliver consumables, hard goods and fish to 170 PetSmart stores in 2014 and to more than 260 stores by 2015. It will serve 25 percent of PetSmart’s stores in an 11-state region, the Phoenix-based company reported.
The operation is expected to support 500 jobs by the end of 2016.
"This investment by PetSmart
reaffirms Pennsylvania’s role as the keystone state to U.S. markets and is a testament to the talent and available workforce here in the region,” Cawley said.
When announcing the $50 million project in 2012, PetSmart
also reported that smaller warehouses in Gahanna, Ohio, and Hagerstown, Md., would be shut down.
PetSmart operates more than 1,240 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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