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Auto parts give way to pet supplies in Creston Kenilworth

by: RITA A. LEONARD - A new offshoot of the national Petco superstores, a neighborhood-sized pet shop, Unleashed by Petco, has opened at 3828 S.E. Powell Boulevard.There are over 1,100 Petco pet superstores across the United States, and since 2009 there have been smaller, boutique “Unleashed By Petco” shops. Now, one of those has opened where O’Reilly Auto Parts used to be, at 3828 S.E. Powell Boulevard, just west of S.E. 39th (Chavez).

The Assistant Store Manager, Mitch Brewer, says, “Our focus is on natural, organic, holistic care of the whole animal. We want to respond to the community and meet their pets’ needs. We offer pet services, clothing, food, and supplies to provide them the best of care. We have over twenty-five natural food brands for dogs and cats, as well as some supplies for birds, reptiles, and fish.”

“Unleashed by Petco” provides dental care products, pet insurance, bulk pet litter, equipment, and toys. They also offer dog training classes, and host regular adoption events. The new store at Powell Square even provides vaccinations, pet parties, and a sleek new do-it-yourelf pet wash station. General Manager Carrie Wright points out, “Here, we provide customers shampoo, towels and a blow drier, and we do all the clean-up!” Pets are welcome to visit the store on leashes, and an in-store “pounce and play” area is available for pets to socialize in, during classes.

The Grand Opening of the new Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood store offered a number of giveaway items, including free tote bags, dog treats, doggie ice cream, and a choice of pet food. “Every animal responds to their own favorite foods,” explains Brewer. “To that end, we carry some gluten-free food, and some of our canned foods contain venison, buffalo, salmon, rabbit, and quail. We also carry fresh and frozen raw food.”

The new store has seven employees. For more information, call 503/236-3070, or just stop in during store hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-9 pm, and Sundays 10 am-6 pm.