Pet Parents in late May started construction for its new 45,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa. The $7.7 million building, which will also serve as a distribution and warehouse facility, will more than double the amount of space the company was previously using, officials said in a statement.
“Just about five years ago, I was fulfilling orders in our garage, and now Pet Parents has doubled or nearly doubled year-over-year ever since I started in 2016, which was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America,” said Blake Anderson, founder and CEO of Pet Parents. “It’s fitting one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. is headquartered in one of the fastest-growing cities in America. We’re delighted to deepen our roots in Ankeny, Iowa, where we call home and which is well situated in close proximity to several wonderful state and private universities.”
The new building will be modern and open-concept with optimized acoustics, walls of windows for natural light and smart office building systems to create an atmosphere where employees can continue to be inspired and help change pet families’ lives, officials said. The 20,000 square feet of office space will have several conference, break out and individual rooms for collaboration and additional privacy, as well as custom workstations for ultimate privacy, work and comfort for employees and “furbabies,” officials added.
“Because pets are family, the Pet Parents office will have quite a few dog-friendly amenities,” officials said. “The new headquarters will have two large, size-specific dog parks for The Pack [employees] and their furbabies, as well as a spacious outdoor patio with WiFi, pergola, and grills for outdoor eating, working, and watching their furbabies in the dog parks.”
The building will also have an elevator to the second story with 11,000 square feet of office space, which will be built out further in the near future, according to officials. This upstairs office space will include a state-of-the-art product development studio named Blondie’s Legacy, which is named after Anderson’s childhood pup, the initial inspiration for Pet Parents, officials said.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in December, according to officials.
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