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Chewy, an online pet retailer based in Dania Beach, Fla., is set to open a corporate office in the Seattle region by the end of the year, and plans to hire “several hundred” technology, product and merchandising roles, according to GeekWire. Chewy is already actively seeking job applications for the location through its website and on LinkedIn, an employment-oriented online service.

“As a hub for innovation, the Seattle region is a great fit for us in terms of depth and breadth of talent,” a Chewy spokesperson told GeekWire.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chewy’s sales have been climbing, with the company hitting record numbers for its third quarter ended Nov. 1.

“In absolute dollar terms, third quarter growth marked the biggest increase we have reported in the company’s history,” said Mario Marte, CFO for Chewy, in a December earnings conference call.

Reported net sales for the quarter reached $1.78 billion, increasing $552.2 million, or 44.9 percent, year-over-year. Year-to-date, net sales were up 46 percent on accelerated customer growth and solid increases in per customer spending, according to Marte.

Chewy has additional corporate offices in Boston and Minneapolis, as well as several customer centers and fulfillment locations across the U.S.

Rover, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers, is also based in Seattle. Company officials announced in early February that it had entered into a definitive business agreement to merge with Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. and will become public company. Officials value the transaction of Rover at an enterprise of about $1.35 billion.

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