New Store For Fido, Fluffy To Open

Article courtesy of The Greeneville Sun.
Published June 15, 2016


Pet lovers will soon have a new place to pick up treats, toys and other supplies for their furry family members.

National pet supply retailer Petsense has confirmed its plans to open along with other new shops to be built at Crockett Crossing, close to Food City's East Andrew Johnson Highway store.

Plans for the shops that will include Petsense, a restaurant and up to three other stores were approved Tuesday by the Greeneville Regional Planning Commission.

The project is phase II of development at the Crockett Crossing site.

According to its website, Petsense is a pet specialty chain that focuses on growth in under-served and secondary markets.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, it is currently the ninth largest pet specialty retailer in the country and has locations nationwide, including 10 already in Tennessee.

Plans at Crockett Crossing call for the 5,500 square-foot specialty retail location where Petsense will open, a 2,400 square-foot space for a restaurant that has not yet been named and up to three 1,200 square-foot units for other retailers.

BurWil Construction, of Bristol, will carry out the work on a just over one-acre lot at the south end of the Food City parking lot.

Steven Johnson, a BurWil project manager, estimated that new shops will open as soon as February 2017, a date also confirmed in a statement from corporate officials at Petsense.

"We are indeed opening a new store in Greeneville next year with a tentative date in February," a Petsense corporate official wrote in response to an email seeking confirmation. "We look forward to providing a positive, world-class shopping experience with the residents of Greeneville."

The new store will offer "a wide variety of natural pet supplies and services such as dog training, pet grooming and low-cost vaccine clinics," the statement adds.

"Well-behaved pets are absolutely welcome to shop with us along with their parent. We do kindly request that, if your dog is easily excited, that they remain on a leash," the official said in a response to questions about the store's policies.

The new Petsense store, like others nationwide, "plans to work alongside local shelters, rescues and humane societies to help increase local adoption rates and bring awareness to the importance of finding animlas in need of a loving, safe home," the statement added.

Among featured products at the store are gourmet pet treats made from natural ingredients in the U.S., the response from the corporate team noted.

Details about the store itself were not discussed by the planning commission, as talks focused on various elements of the shopping center's construction plans.

The plans were approved with three contingencies: submission of an easement agreement with nearby Ingles to allow for connection to an existing sewer line, certification from an engineer verifying the integrity of existing underground drainage pipes and addition of a four-way stop at the intersection closest to where the new shops will be located.

Commissioners were unanimous in voting in favor of the development.

July 13, 2016

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