Q: What do you look for in a good pet store??
My husband & I are working on opening up a pet store in Anderson, Ca. I was wondering what are your thoughts, ideas or suggetions on what an idea pet store is to you? We will not be selling puppies or kittens. We will be working with a rescue group called " Forever Pets" We hope that they will adopt out pets with us at least 2 times a month. Also how would you design it inside and out?? Any ideas or suggestions would be wonderful! Thank you so much!! And
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Mar 17, 2008
Jennifer, Great question! I do not know much about Anderson California but regardless of location I think showcasing shelter animals is the best thing you can do. Team up with the local shelter or rescues. We look for pet friendly stores that allow you to take your pet to the store. If you have room offer training classes and grooming. Provide educational classes for how to care for your small animal such as rabbit, hamster, chinchilla...I do not think I have ever seen such a class in this area. It would be very helpful for first time animal people. Offer a little bit of every thing as far as animal species go. Talk to the local vets to see what the primary breeds and species are in your area. It is a given that you would not be able to compete with large chain stores but hook up with specialty dealers or vendors to offer different items than the run of the mill. If the area demanded it, a consignment service would be great for higher ticketed items to reduce inventory costs. If you had floor space and there was an equestrian clientele a consignment for show equipment would be great. We love all things horse related.
Good luck to you and your husband on this endeavor. We too are a self employed family with a custom cabinet shop.
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Mar 18, 2008
selling things that are healthy for the particular pets you will have is a plus. i love places that are concerned about my pet as much as i am. keeping a clean place is up there at the top too. above all, make sure to show you think of the pets as highly as the people who want them and do references before allowing an animal to bought if you are going to sell them. the customer is not always right no matter what people may say. good luck
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