Petcetera to close four locations across Canada by end of May

    Retail pet superstore provides customers with increased product discounts
    of up to 75 per cent on store merchandise to support restructuring

    RICHMOND, BC, April 28 /CNW/ - Petcetera today announced that it will
close four of its company-operated retail outlets in Alberta and Ontario,
effective May 23. In advance of the closures, each affected location will
immediately start liquidating all store merchandise at discounts from 25 to 75
per cent. The company also announced that its 60-day inventory sale will be
expanded to provide customers with additional discounts and cost savings on a
wider variety of pet products.
    The affected stores are located in Edmonton, AB; Medicine Hat, AB;
Newmarket, ON; and Oakville, ON. Customers in the Edmonton area will be able
to continue shopping at the Petcetera stores located in the White Oaks Mall
(1222-12222 137th Ave.) and Millwoods Shopping Centre (2621 66th Street NW).
In Ontario, customers can visit any one of the company's Greater Toronto Area
locations, including Ajax (140 Kingston Road East), Mississauga (3950 Grand
Park Drive) and Oakville (3517 Wyecroft Road).
    "We have been very encouraged so far with the initial customer support
for our restructuring activities, including the national inventory sale," said
Dan Urbani, president and CEO of Petcetera. "We are optimistic that if our
national sale continues to be successful, we may be able to avoid additional
closures and continue to serve our customers and their pets at our 45
remaining locations."
    The store closures will affect approximately 100 employees. Petcetera
will continue to monitor results and store sales over the next month as it
moves ahead with its restructuring.
    "This was a very difficult decision, and one that we did not make
lightly," said Urbani. "I would like to personally thank all of our staff for
their continued hard work. We remain committed to each and every employee at
the four affected locations and will ensure they are treated with the upmost
respect as we wind down our operations."

    about Petcetera

    Based in Richmond, B.C., Petcetera is a 100 per cent Canadian owned and
operated private company with 1,600 employees and 49 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,
doggy daycare centres, pet photography and pet licensing. 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.

For further information:

For further information: Julie Bélanger, Petcetera, phone: (604)
244-7387 ext. 244 or 1-888-388-1811, email:

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