Petco

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Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.
Private
Industry Retail
Genre Pet store
Founded 1965; 51 years ago (1965)
Headquarters San Diego, California
Number of locations
1,400[1]
Products Pet supplies, Live animals
Owner CVC Capital Partners
CPP Investment Board
Slogan "Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World."
Website http://about.petco.com/
Petco headquarters in San Diego

Petco Animal Supplies is a privately held pet retailer in the United States, with corporate offices in San Diego and San Antonio. It sells pet products and services as well as certain types of pets. Petco sells or holds for adoption fish, reptiles, small birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and mice. Pet services include grooming and dog training. The company also owns the naming rights to the Petco Park baseball stadium, home of the San Diego Padres.

As of 2014, the company operates more than 1,300 locations [2] across the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood brand launched in 2009; nine Pooch Hotel locations for pet daycare, boarding, and spa services; and an online shopping destination at petco.com.

"Think Adoption First" is a company philosophy and program, which encourages pet adoption rather than the purchase of companion animals whenever possible. Petco was criticized when they were selling large exotic birds in their shops. In 2005, they signed an agreement with PETA to end the sale of large birds.[3] Petco has never sold dogs or cats and, in 2008 the company stopped selling rabbits as well.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1965 as a mail-order business selling veterinary supplies. The company was acquired in 2000 by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital.[4] In November 2015 CVC Capital Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board agreed to acquire Petco in a deal worth $4.6 billion. The move followed failed talks between Petco and PetSmart over a merger.[5]

In 2004 Petco bought the naming rights to San Diego's then-new downtown baseball stadium, making it Petco Park. The company agreed to pay the Padres about $60 million over a period of 22 years. At the time it was one of the highest prices paid for naming rights to a baseball park.[6]

Jim Myers has been the chairman and CEO of the company since 2004. He has been with Petco since 1990. In 2016 he announced he will retire on February 1, 2017. His successor will be company president and chief merchant Brad Weston.[7]

Sign on an Unleashed store that opened in Oregon in 2013

Legal issues[edit]

In June 2010, prosecutors from Marin, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Barbara counties announced that Petco had agreed to settle a $1.75 million consumer protection lawsuit, without admitting liability. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court that alleges Petco overcharged its customers and improperly cared for some animals, following inspections of Petco stores throughout California from 2005 through 2008. Petco paid more than $850,000 to resolve a similar case in 2004.[8]

In September 2011, a Petco location in Johnson City, New York came under fire when, during a severe flood of the surrounding area caused by Tropical Storm Lee, nearly 100 animals drowned when staff failed to move them to safety.[9] Despite severe weather warnings and flood advisories for the nearby river in the days leading to the flood, Petco had initially claimed it didn't receive warnings. Petco had also claimed that the casualties were caused by a backup in the store's drain/sewage line, and not by the flooding that had submerged the store with four feet of water. Johnson City Mayor Dennis Hannon has called Petco's initial claims "absurd", and stated that "With all the flood warnings and evacuation orders that were issued, for them not to go down there is just absolutely disgusting", further commenting that the flooding was caused by the weather and river flooding, and that the sewer/drain line backup was only a small part of the problem. Johnson City police have also stated that flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service, and they should have been taken more seriously.[9][10][11] On September 12, 2011, Petco issued a statement accepting full responsibility for the event, saying that they "misjudged" the risk of a flood. PETA has called for a criminal investigation against Petco.[12][13] Soon after, Petco offered to donate $25,000 towards animal welfare centers in the area, and to give area residents a rebate on their website offering free shipping for orders over $25.[14]

Petco Foundation[edit]

The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals, and currently spends about $11 million a year on this cause.[15] Petco and the Petco Foundation work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country to host in-store adoption events and help find homes for adoptable dogs, cats, and other companion animals. The foundation also supports spay and neuter efforts, animal assistant therapy programs, and education about the humane treatment of animals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Petco". Petco.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  2. ^ "About Petco" (PDF). Petco.com. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Petco Agreement". Peta.org. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Company history". Petco.com. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "CVC, Canada's CPPIB to buy Petco for about $4.6 billion". Reuters. 23 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Katherine P. (May 5, 2014). "0 years in, were Petco naming rights worth it?". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  7. ^ De Crescenzo, Sarah (September 27, 2016). "Petco CEO Jim Myers Announces Retirement; President Brad Weston Named Successor". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Petco to pay $1.75 million settlement after allegedly overcharging customers, improperly caring for animals". ContraCostaTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  9. ^ a b "PETCO discovery: Close to 100 animals lost in flood". Pressconnects.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Petco Pets Die In Flood | WBNG-TV: News, Sports and Weather Binghamton, New York | Local". Wbng.com. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Johnson City Update from Petco CEO, Jim Myers | The Petco Scoop Blog". Petcoscoop.com. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Petco accepts 'full responsibility' for animals' deaths in Binghamton flood". Pressconnects.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  13. ^ "Johnson City Update from Petco CEO, Jim Myers | The Petco Scoop Blog". Petcoscoop.com. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  14. ^ "PETCO makes $25K donation to local animal groups". Pressconnects.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Petco Foundation". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 

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