MORRESVILLE, NC. — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Petco Health + Wellness Company announced an expansion of their pilot store-in-store program offering pet products at home improvement stores. The companies will expand their concept to nearly 300 Lowe’s locations throughout the United States by the end of 2023.

Petco and Lowe’s originally announced their partnership early in 2022, providing a one-stop shop for consumers seeking to improve their homes and purchase pet food and supplies. The concept was piloted in a Lowe’s store in Alamo Ranch, Texas, and was later expanded to other Lowe’s locations throughout Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina at the end of March 2022.

“The success and expansion of our Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store concept is proof of the important role pets play in our lives, and pet parents’ deep desire to give them the best possible life in return,” said Amy College, chief merchandising officer at Petco. “As Americans continue to improve their homes for the entire family — including their beloved pets — we’re delighted to bring Petco’s pet care expertise, combined with our health and wellness merchandise and veterinary services, to even more pet parents as we scale up to hundreds of Lowe’s locations across the country.”

The stores will offer a wide range of pet products, from nutrition and supplies to medications, and even veterinary care. Stores will carry products from Petco’s private brands, including EveryYay, Leaps & Bounds, So Phresh and WholeHearted, as well as products from national brands, like Purina and Blue Buffalo. Petco’s Vetco Clinics will also appear at 75 store-in-store locations, offering vaccinations, microchipping and preventive medication.

The concept is part of Lowe’s rural strategy, which seeks to expand its assortment in select locations to include animal feed, outdoor products, trailers, farm implements, livestock fencing, utility vehicles, specialized hardware, and Carhartt® and Wrangler® apparel.

“Our initial pilot program with Petco resonated with our existing, loyal shoppers and introduced new customers to Lowe’s,” said Bill Boltz, executive vice president of merchandising at Lowe’s. “Partnering with top brands that our customers know and trust, like Petco, allows Lowe’s to continue elevating and localizing our curated assortment to ensure we have the right products in the right markets. By expanding our store-in-store footprint, we’re offering more tailored products and services to meet the unique needs of our customers in rural and remote areas, streamlining the shopping experience.”

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