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Petco to expand presence in Columbia Heights

Petco will move to DC USA retail complex.

Petco, the animal supplies chain, will be the newest retailer to move in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. On Tuesday, the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment approved the merchant’s petition to set up a pet grooming shop in the largest retail complex in the city. 

Located at 3100 14th Street, NW, the specialty retailer will share DC USA's 546,000 square-feet of retail space with Target, Best Buy, Marshalls, among other stores.

The move allows Petco to open its fourth location in the nation’s capital and compete for hundreds of pet lovers throughout the area.

The animal product supplier’s district manager, construction manager and lawyer were present at the hearing, which lasted four minutes. The petition received unanimous support from the neighborhood commission.

Petco did not immediately respond to emails asking which space it will take within the DC USA complex.

The store, which hosts adoption events, training classes and seminars, sells more than 10,000 pet-related products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and small animals.

Petco is privately held and has more than 1,100 stores nationwide employing close to 22,000 associates.

Read more articles by Luis Velarde.

Luis Velarde writes about business, investments, real estate, and urban development. His work has appeared in the BBC World Service, Voice of America and others.
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