Thursday, September 29, 2022

When will the Pet Valu in Lightfoot finally open?

Pet Valu will open at 6401 Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
Pet Valu will open at 6401 Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)

A sign for a new pet supply market in the Lightfoot Marketplace has been hanging for months, leaving Harris Teeter customers wondering when the neighboring pet store will finally open.

Pet Valu will take over a space in the shopping center that backs up to Centreville Road, but it’s representatives haven’t said exactly when.

There is no estimated opening date for Williamsburg’s Pet Valu, said spokeswoman Allison Campbell. However, she added the store is “tentatively” expected to open in 2019.

The store’s impending arrival was first announced by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer in November 2017. At the time they reported Pet Valu agreed to lease a roughly 3,600 square feet of space in Lightfoot Marketplace.

Pet Valu had been mum ever since.

Any updates for the store’s timeline will be posted on the company’s Facebook page.

“Our philosophy is to provide pet owners with the best selection of pet care items at competitive prices, together with friendly customer service from our team of Pet Experts, at convenient, neighborhood store locations,” the company posted on their website.

Once open, the store will carry more than 7,000 products and accessories for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, small animals and both wild and pet birds. Products include toys, treats, accessories and pet food.

Pet owners can also bring in their dirty dogs and clean them off in a $10 self-serve dog wash, complete with shampoos, towels and high-velocity dryers.

Pet Valu’s employees are trained on pet care and nutrition through a program with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Residents may even find a furry friend at the store, as Campbell said the company partners with local animal shelters to host adoption drives.

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