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Announced Tuesday, PetSmartbegan plans for a 13,000-square-foot store in Galvez Shopping Center in Texas.  This marks the first national pet supplies chain to build a store in Galveston, although the company had considered the idea for over six years.

A PetSmart store generally employs about 40 people, however, the Galveston store will be smaller. Among the amenities not included in the plans for the Galvez Shopping Center location include chain’s kennel service PetsHotel nor a Banfield veterinary hospital, fixtures in over 700 PetSmart locations.The store will, however, still offer grooming services, dog training classes, and carry more than 10,000 pet products for anything that “chirps, meows or barks,” said Toni Eberhardt, senior manager of public relations for the chain.

This year is not the first time PetSmart has considered business in the Galveston area.  PetSmart had made plans in 2005 to open a store but were fearful of the perception of a seasonal population, subsiding in the winter months, and dropped the plans.

This past week marked the beginning of ground work preparing for a stand-alone store on the southeast corner of the shopping center, anchored by The Home Depot and Target.  Before further work and construction can be done however, PetSmart needs to secure the necessary building permits.  Due to the still needed permits, Eberhardt could not say when construction for the building would begin nor an expected store opening date.

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