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Poll: Does Monrovia Need a PetSmart?

The pet supply retailer will open later this month in the building on Huntington Drive previously occupied by Circuit City.

Pet supply retailer PetSmart will soon be opening its doors in Monrovia, taking over a building near the 210 freeway that has been vacant since Circuit City went bankrupt in 2008.

According to a photo posted on the Gem City Images blog, the pet store is targeting a Jan. 16 grand opening.

Local of Monrovia because it will offer low-cost veterinary services that local pet doctors insist could put them out of business. The city granted a conditional use permit to the retailer last March.

"The current economic environment is putting a great strain upon veterinarians well established in the community," wrote Huntington Veterinary Hospital Dr. Gary White in an appeal of the permit to the City Council. "Adding a large corporate practice will do nothing to increase patient care or public service beyond what we already have. It will merely dilute the number of patients per veterinarian further."

PetSmart spokesman Mike Mullin told Patch last year that his company intends to coexist with local animal hospitals.

"PetSmart is committed to serving pet owners and their pets with quality products, services and solutions they need to live happier and healthier lives togther," Mullin said. "As part of that commitment, we are excited about the opportunity to join the Monrovia community. We look forward to serving the area and working with animal welfare organizations to help promote adoptions and to save lives and to allow the pets to have new homes."

The city has noted that the retailer will provide a steady stream of sales tax revenue at the location, which has not produced any income for the city since Circuit City went out of business.

What do you think?

Holly Hale January 03, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Recently, Pet's Delight closed, after being around "forever." The convenience of the new PetSmart may draw passersby from the fwy. but may damage local business at the same time. It's a Catch 22.
The Scrutineer January 04, 2012 at 07:42 AM
I go to Pets Mart in Pasadena to buy consumables. I'd never take my pet there for care.
Heather Shaw January 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I have been using the PetSmart in Glendora for a few years now. Their kennel staff is amazing with my high anxiety dog, their groomers do the best job on his weird coat and I appreciate the great vet I have seen for his check ups. Some corporate entities are not all bad. I have not been able to receive the same customer service or pricing at the small locales in town. See my blog article regarding the lack of quality at some of our local sticks n bricks. I adore small busines, nevertheless, I will go where my dollars are matched with a high standard. A Monrovia PetSmart is a good thing it brings their customers back to Monrovia. Maybe the small shops need a consult on being competitive while giving excellent service?
Ursula January 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I take my 'companions' to Dr. Domotor for their care and grooming (by Annie), and will continue to do so, but, I shop at the PetSmart in East Pasadena all the time and would appreciate the convenience. As for Pets Delight, I shopped there (when on Myrtle) for many years but after the change in ownership and the subsequent move the Huntington I began to have concerns and ceased patronizing...My best wishes to Bonnie though, she was always the heart of the store.
Elizabeth Chase January 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Sometimes, we have to go to PetSmart for things we can't get elsewhere. But PLEASE support or continue to support your local independent pet supplier, Highlander Pet Center (on Foothill). Let's help keep her in business. There's no comparison to the individualized attention and educated assistance you'll get at a quality mom and pop like hers. Thanks!
R. Ray Morford January 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The City of Monrovia had no choice but to approve a permit to PETSMART. The City cannot legally rule against competition. Do I believe it will possibly hurt local Vet Pet business? Yes Loyal consumers should however continue to use the Vet Shops already established in Monrovia.

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