Chillicothe, Ohio — Chillicothe, Ohio-based Petland Inc. has opened its first store in Saudi Arabia. In 2016, Petland began the expansion process into the Middle East North Africa region with the signing of a master franchise agreement that includes rights to develop stores in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Petland has 135 locations in international markets, including stores in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, China, El Salvador and South Africa.
The Saudi Arabian store, located in Jeddah, opened May 26, 2019 and features a complete line of great pets and pet supplies. Petland offers many unique items for the welfare of animals that have never before been available in the Middle East.
“Finding the right partner takes time. We spent more than 2 years working with a family to determine the Petland Master Franchise was the right fit for a partnership and we have spent the past months developing a strong relationship with them planning and building their first store,” says Steve Huggins, Petland’s vice president of business development and international relations.
Various members of the Petland team have made several visits to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where they assisted with the planning, merchandising, sourcing and training for the Petland pilot store.
Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full-service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information, visit www.petland.com.