Petcetera announces store closures and a continuation of a nationwide inventory sale

Canadian-owned pet food retailer will close 2 of its 18 stores and provides customers with discounts of up to 80 per cent on all merchandise in every store as the company restructures

RICHMOND, BC, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Petcetera, Canada's premier pet specialty superstore, announced today that it will close stores in Abbotsford, BC and Niagara Falls, ON by April 30th as part of its restructuring plan.   The company filed a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on March 17th and commenced an immediate nationwide inventory sale to generate cash. Prices have been further discounted to include immediate price reductions on everything in the store with savings of up to 80 per cent on their full range of pet merchandise.

Petcetera is a 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated. In 2009 Petcetera down sized from 49 stores to 18 stores. The company currently employs over 300 employees in its British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia locations.

As part of its restructuring activities, Petcetera will review all areas of its business including the number and locations of stores operated. The extent of restructuring will directly depend on the success of the inventory liquidation sale.

"We understand that drastic measures are required in the short term to ensure Petcetera is viable in the future," said Dan Urbani, president and CEO of Petcetera. "We are reviewing all areas of our business and other options available to us, including the closure of unprofitable locations. And while we are extremely pleased with the success of the nationwide inventory sale we have concluded that stores in Abbotsford and Niagara Falls are not viable and will be closed. Unfortunately, we could not rationalize keeping these stores open under any condition."

The Abbotsford, BC and Niagara Falls, ON stores currently employ approximately 20 employees and will close by the end of April following an immediate liquidation of all inventory, fixtures and equipment. All inventory will be liquidated at 25% to 90% discounts. 

"We are facing a formidable challenge and will continue to make the tough decisions needed to ensure that Petcetera can continue to serve Canadians and their pets for years to come," said Urbani. "Throughout this process, we will provide the same expert advice and wide range of pet products and services that our valued customers have come to expect from Canada's premier retail pet superstore."

About Petcetera

Based in Richmond, B.C., Petcetera is a 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated private company with over 300 employees and 18 stores across Canada. Founded in 1997, Petcetera is Canada's leading pet superstore that offers pet owners more than 10,000 pet products as well as a full range of pet care services including pet hospitals (Vetcetera), pet grooming, obedience school and doggy daycare centres. Petcetera is committed to giving back to the community through P.A.W.S (Petcetera Animal Welfare Society), which promotes responsible pet ownership and works to reduce cat and dog euthanasia rates.

SOURCE Petcetera

For further information: Richard Kaga, Petcetera, phone: (604) 244-7387 ext. 274, email: richardk@petcetera.ca