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Lowe’s (LOW) has plans to open a sequence of Petco (WOOF) shop-in-shops inside its residence enchancment shops as a part of a check pilot program.

The Petco shop-in-shops will open first in a Lowe’s Alamo Ranch, Texas, retailer in early February, after which develop to 14 places in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina by the top of March, USA Immediately reported.

Lowe’s prospects will be capable to store for pet provides reminiscent of pet food and cat litter whereas additionally taking their pet to go to a veterinarian throughout the Petco retailers, CNBC mentioned.

Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s govt vice chairman, chief model, and advertising and marketing officer, advised USA Immediately that 60% of the individuals the corporate spoke with “indicated they’d be extra more likely to store at a house enchancment retailer if they may additionally buy all their pet wants in the identical place,” including that Lowe’s shops nationwide are “recognized for being extremely pet pleasant.”

The transfer by Lowe’s would develop its present pet provide providing, which incorporates items reminiscent of canine beds and pet-proof carpeting, because it bets on customers spending on the canine and cat merchandise as they top off on residence enchancment provides at its shops.

The deal for Petco will give its merchandise extra visibility with placement in bigger footprint shops and on Lowe’s web site.

The primary store will probably be about 1,000 sq. ft and all are anticipated to have greater than 700 merchandise that may be bought on-line and in shops, with different providers supplied reminiscent of pet vaccination, microchipping, prescription pest prevention and cell grooming, in response to CNBC. A Petco worker will work the store, together with Lowe’s workers, the information outlet mentioned.

Teaming as much as provide pet provides appears pure for the 2 retailers; as the businesses mentioned over the past two years of the pandemic, greater than 11 million new pets entered U.S. properties, as reported by USA Immediately.

Lowe’s isn’t the primary retailer to experiment with shop-in-shops inside their shops. Goal has a protracted historical past with shop-in-shop experiences, partnering with Disney, Ulta, and Apple for house inside choose places.

Kohl’s has additionally entered right into a enterprise with Sephora for magnificence retailers in sure places, whereas Kroger will start promoting Mattress Bathtub & Past merchandise at a few of its shops. Even Macy’s has struck a cope with Toys ‘R’ Us for a sequence of toy retailers at its places.

As of Thursday’s premarket hours, shares of Lowe’s had been buying and selling at $229.20, up $1.10 or 0.48%, whereas shares of Petco had been buying and selling at $17.75, up 32 cents or 1.84%, on the identical time. 

Lowe’s Firms, Inc. Photograph: Reuters

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