Cape Gazette

Petco celebrates grand opening

Pet furniture, clothing, food and pet pampering on tap
By Molly MacMillan | Apr 16, 2014
Photo by: Molly MacMillan Petco is now open in Pelican Square shopping center on Route 1. Leashed pets are welcome in the store.

A new Petco location hosted a grand opening celebration April 11-13, in Pelican Square shopping center at Midway.

The event featured discounts, promotions, pet adoptions and giveaways as Petco introduces its products and services in the Cape Region.

Part of a national chain, Petco is more than just a pet supply store, General Manager Samantha Bhujel said. The new store also plans to offer weekend workshops and pet training along with adoptions.

Petco is an adoption-first pet provider, Bhujel said, partnering with local adoption agencies such as the Delaware SPCA to find homes for cats and dogs and offer all the supplies any pet owner could want. Small animals, fish and reptiles are also sold at the store.

"What's great is when someone just gets a pet or just adopts an animal, I get to do that racetrack around the store and get them everything they need," she said. "I get to re-live that joy with them."

Bhujel said she has hired a team of associates who are just as enthusiastic about the pet-parenting experience as she is.

The new store sells pet furniture, clothing, cages, supplies and food, in addition to offering services, education and workshops for local pets and their owners, Bhujel said. Grooming is available with proof of vaccination or certificates, along with some vaccinations.

Luxury services for pampered pets are also available on the premises. "We do doggie facials, doggie pedicures and dental treatments," she said.

Offering so many pet services and supplies in one location should make pet ownership a little easier, Bhujel said, and Petco’s adoption-first policy should help more animals find a home in the Cape Region.

“What I think is so great about Rehoboth is how pet-friendly it is,” Bhujel said. “We try to keep the same vibe as a mom-n-pop pet shop with our service, but offer a more expansive line of products.”

For more information, go to or reach the new store in Pelican Square at 302-645-6182.

The pet supply store offers a wide variety of freshwater gold, beta and tropical fish. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
General Manager Samantha Bhujel holds a guinea pig, one of several varieties of small animals available for purchase at the new store. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Although Petco has an adoption-first policy with cats and dogs, the store does offer small animals for sale, including these inquisitive ferrets. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Petco sells long and short-haired hamsters. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
The new pet store also sells reptiles, including these red ear slider turtles. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
A wide variety of pet food for all kinds of animals is available at the new store. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Petco has a well-stocked clothing department. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
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