PetSmart celebrated the opening of the first of two new Brooklyn locations Monday, with Borough President Marty Markowitz attending for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition to a dizzying assortment of food and pet accessories, the 15,000-square-foot superstore at 238 Atlantic Avenue offers the full-service Banfield Pet Hospital, grooming, accredited training, adoption facilities and regular events for local and national charities, as well as prescription foods and medications. The location also sells fish, birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and reptiles.
Markowitz noted at the Nov. 7 opening, “Pets are so important in people’s lives; they become their lives,” then joked, “What took you so long to get here?” as he displayed a photograph of his own African Grey Parrot “Beep” and shopped with his wife for bird food.
Store manager Scott Marcus told BHB that the new PetSmart brings 30 jobs to the neighborhood, and that he hopes to prove big-box retailers can offer the same care and customer service as local vendors: “The range of pets that our staff has owned and taken care of is amazing. Our people really care about animals and are knowledgeable about every product in the store.”
The Atlantic Avenue location is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A second new Brooklyn PetSmart in Canarsie is at 8725 Avenue D. In all, the chain has 1,200 North American stores.