National pet supply and grooming chain Pet Sense opened its first Rio Rancho store earlier this month, the seventh in New Mexico.
Bob Vine, Pet Sense director of inventory control, said the new store employs eight associates, including customer service workers and groomers.
The store at 4300 Ridgecrest offers over 6,000 items of pet food and supplies for dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals. Vine said Pet Sense does not sell pets and that the company instead encourages pet adoptions.
“There are so many pets that do not have homes, and they end up in shelters and possibly euthanized. We want to help stamp that out,” he said.
Vine said each employee lives in Rio Rancho and understands the needs of local pet owners.
“It’s really nice to be able to have a full staff to wait on customers that know them,” he said. “They’re an integral part of that community,” he said.
Paul Sowards, chairman of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the new pet chain is a win for pet owners in the community.
“The chamber is big on shopping in Rio Rancho, so we’re always anxious to have people able to purchase things in Rio Rancho and not having to drive downhill to Albuquerque to purchase items,” Sowards said. “For pet owners, this is another alternative to those that are existing.”
Pet Sense also has locations in Española, Los Lunas, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Hobbs and Clovis. It plans on opening its first Albuquerque location next summer.