As fur babies continue to stake their claim as beloved family members, Midwest retailer Meijer is working on a parallel path to expand its pet departments for an even larger assortment of everyday essentials like food, grooming supplies and the increasingly popular Halloween costumes.
Meijer is a US based retailer that operates more than 245 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934.
Meijer has made a significant investment in its pet departments in recent years. In fact, the pet departments inside each of the 246 Meijer supercenters recently added another aisle to make room for an expanded assortment of food. The retailer carries dozens of types of pet food, including national brands like Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Nature's Recipe, Fresh Pet and Rachael Ray Nutrish, and private label True Goodness by Meijer.
Meanwhile, at 40 Meijer supercenters, the pet departments are now relocated to the back corner to offer a specialty store feel with spacious displays for products like Halloween-themed pet toys. This represents a 30 percent increase in space compared to other stores.
A handful of Meijer supercenters even have VetIQ Petcare clinics that offer basic veterinary walk-in services like routine shots and treatments for minor illnesses. These clinics are located at the front of the supercenter with a separate exterior entrance that keeps the pets outside of the store.