Friday, October 7, 2022

This Lightfoot store near Harris Teeter is ‘finally’ open

The long-awaited Pet Valu store near Harris Teeter was first announced in November 2017, and opened officially Feb. 7, store manager Joshua Stanley said. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
The long-awaited Pet Valu store near Harris Teeter was first announced in November 2017, and opened officially Feb. 7, store manager Joshua Stanley said. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Outside one small storefront in the Lightfoot Marketplace, a brightly-colored sign stands on the sidewalk, catching the eyes of passersby.

In neon letters, it reads: “HEY Williamsburg WE ARE FINALLY OPEN.”

The long-awaited Pet Valu store near Harris Teeter was first announced in November 2017, and opened officially Feb. 7, store manager Joshua Stanley said.

The store sells more than 7,000 products and accessories for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, small animals and both wild and pet birds.

“People are super happy we’re here,” Stanley said.

Stanley said the store took a while to open because it had to “clear some hurdles.”

The roughly 3,000-square-foot store was one of a slew of Pet Valu stores set to open in recent years, which delayed the opening further.

In 2017, more than 300 Pet Valu stores opened nationwide, Stanley said.

Stanley said sales in the first week at the Lightfoot store are already surpassing some other stores, including one that opened about seven months ago in Virginia Beach.

“This area is absolutely wonderful,” Stanley said. “It’s a very family- and pet-friendly community.”

The self-serve dog wash station had been used more than 60 times as of Friday afternoon.

The store’s grand opening event is scheduled for March 30, starting at 9 a.m.

Pet Valu is still working to partner with local animal rescues for the event, which will have a booth for the rescue to showcase their services. The grand opening will also feature vendor booths for pet food and other items, Stanley said.

The company partners with local animal shelters to host adoption drives.

“Everyone walks in and says the same thing: ‘You’re finally open,’” Stanley said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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