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PETsMART ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO FLORIDA

 PETsMART ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO FLORIDA
 PHOENIX, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PETsMART, one of the nation's


leading retailers of pet food and supplies, has announced its expansion into Florida, with up to 35 stores planned in the next few years.
 Specifically, PETsMART has plans for facilities in Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale, and anticipates the first store opening as early as spring 1992.
 "Florida has been identified as a major growth area for our company," said Sam Parker, chief executive officer of PETsMART. "Our introduction into the Florida marketplace will be a significant step in the evolution of our corporation."
 Generally located within "power" retail centers, PETsMART caters to dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish, rabbits and other small animals. The one-of-a-kind superstores, which average 24,000-square- feet, actually encourage pet owners to bring pets along when they shop. Each PETsMART employees 30-35 full-time staffers.
 PETsMART currently operates 30 stores in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. An additional six stores will open this calendar year, expanding operations into California, Nevada and Oklahoma. Plans call for doubling the number of stores in 1992.
 The unique philosophy of PETsMART advocates the adoption of homeless animals from shelters and other facilities. Therefore, PETsMART does not sell dogs, cats, puppies or kittens at any of its stores. PETsMART only sells domestically bred birds and freshwater tropical fish in support of environmental efforts.
 PETsMART is a privately held corporation headquartered in Phoenix.
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 /NOTE: Black-and-white photos of PETsMART are available upon request from Missy Lagomarsino.
 /CONTACT: Missy Lagomarsino of Martz & Wadas, 602-998-3154; or Cozette Phifer of PETsMART, 602-944-7070, ext. 2113/ CO: PETsMART ST: California IN: REA SU: AL -- SD001 -- 4484 11/14/91 13:31 EST
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