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PETCO to open store at Crosspoint center

January 04, 2006|by TARA REILLY

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tarar@herald-mail.com

When shoppers enter the soon-to-open PETCO later this month, they're likely to be staring at a lot of fish.

PETCO spokesman Don Cowan said Tuesday the centerpiece of the new store will be the fish department.

Circling the department will be an area that Cowan described as a "racetrack," from which customers will be able to walk around and have access to all other departments, he said.

He said PETCO refers to such stores as "Pisces stores," a relatively new design that the company has been using for about a year and a half.

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"It's really very customer friendly," Cowan said.

Cowan said the store, in the Crosspoint Shopping Center near Valley Mall, is planned to open Jan. 30. The grand opening is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10-12.

The store will have 20 to 25 full-time and part-time employees, he said.

The store is one of seven new businesses planned for Crosspoint. David's Bridal, another new store has opened, according to the store's Web site.

Other stores at Crosspoint include Target, Michaels and Kohl's.

Washington County Planning Director Michael Thompson said Tuesday he didn't know what other stores were planned for the shopping center.

"Nobody's mentioned anything to me," Thompson said.

Christopher Bell, senior vice president of Hekemian and Co., the shopping center's developer, did not return two phone calls Tuesday.

Cowan said San Diego-based PETCO operates more than 760 stores in the country. The Washington County store is one of 90 opening this year. PETCO is remodeling 50 other stores, he said.

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