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Friday, January 21, 2011

PETCO Not Welcome in San Francisco Richmond District, Neighbors Vow to Fight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 8:41 AM

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​Pet owners are starting to feel increasingly unwelcome in San Francisco. Just last week, the federal government rolled out plans to seriously restrict dogs from running off-leash in open space around the city.

Now Richmond District neighbors are trying to block PETCO from opening an unleashed store in the district. Last night, a group of angry residents showed up to a community meeting to protest plans for the new store. But it's not because they aren't pet-friendly; it's because they disdain big-box retailers. 

Residents claims the chain pet store will suck business away from the smaller retailers around town.

Katheleen Dooley, a member of the city's Small Business Commission, tells the SF Appeal, "We're not supportive of formula retail coming in and poaching business from small, locally owned stores."

But PETCO officials defended themselves. Spokesman Kevin Whalen tells KTVU that the store is "not trying to put anybody out of business. We think there is an opportunity, and this is not a fully served market that we can make a difference in."

The city has a long track record of trying to keep chain pet stores out. Marina neighbors fought hard to keep a Pet Food Express from moving into the area -- and almost won. After a long fight, the company got its permit to move into the former Hollywood Video on California Street. 

Neighbors might have a louder bark, but chain stores have a bigger bite.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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