Pet Valu closing all 358 U.S. stores due to ‘severe impact’ from COVID-19
Pet Valu is closing all of its 358 stores.
The retailer of pet food and supplies, headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania, announced plans “to commence a wind down of its operations due to the severe impact from COVID-19,” on Wednesday.
"During the store closing process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great in-store experience, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our dedicated associates through the transition. We thank all of them for their commitment to our company and our customers, and especially for going above and beyond so we could help customers as an essential service during the pandemic,” Jamie Gould, Pet Valu Inc.'s recently appointed chief restructuring officer, said in a statement.
Pet Valu said store closing sales will begin Nov. 5.
Delaware has eight Pet Valu stores: in the Greenville Center in Greenville, in Lantana Square in Hockessin, in Four Seasons Plaza in Glasgow, in the Smyrna Shopping Center in Smyrna, in Greentree Village Shopping Center in Dover, on Walmart Drive in Camden, in College Park Shopping Center in Georgetown and in the Delmar Commons Shopping Center in Delmar.
Stores in the Northeast and Midwest will remain open during the wind-down process, and all purchases are final sale. Customers can continue to use Pet Valu gift cards and loyalty rewards for purchases, although online shopping is no longer available.
Retail furniture, fixtures and equipment will also be available to purchase, according to the store’s website.
“The Pet Valu U.S. team is proud to have met the needs of our devoted pet lover customers in the U.S. for more than 25 years. However, the company’s stores have been significantly impacted by the protracted COVID-19-related restrictions. After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down,” Gould said.
The company says it will continue to take necessary precautions to keep its stores safe for customers and employees.
Pet Valu Canada is a separate company and will not be affected by the U.S. liquidation.