Petland is expanding its international reach with plans to open stores in the Middle East North Africa region.
In the last two years, Petland has opened more than 20 new locations in international markets. The pet store chain has stores set to open in the next year in Saudi Arabia and has signed a master franchise agreement to develop stores in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.
“Finding the right partner takes time,” said Steve Huggins, Petlad vice president of business development and international relations. “We spent more than two years working with a family to determine the Petland Master Franchise was the right fit for a partnership. Our new partners plan to develop many Petland locations. We believe this will improve the lives of their people and their pets.”
Various members of the Petland team will be visiting Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where they will be planning the launch of the first Petland store in the MENA region. They will assist with site location, pet selection, merchandise and training.
“We are pleased with the opportunity to expand our international family,” said Joe Watson, Petland CEO and president. “Petland stores in the Middle East will make a positive, consistent impact on overall pet retail and will provide a unique, convenient pet shopping experience for families looking for a new pet or buying supplies for their current pets.”