“There are already four pet supply stores within 12 blocks of each other on Geary Boulevard, and five within a two-mile radius,” said John Todgya, owner of one of the stores, B&B Pet Supplies, in a statement.
He accused the chain of “making a move to put my store and the others out of business.”
Todgya and others who are upset about the plan to open a PetCo store at 5411 Geary Blvd. will attend a community meeting with representatives of the chain at the Richmond Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re not supportive of formula retail coming in and poaching business from small, locally owned stores,” said Kathleen Dooley, a member of the city’s Small Business Commission, in a statement.
The group also complained that as a national chain, much of PetCo’s profits would not stay in San Francisco, unlike local businesses, and said they were concerned about increased traffic on Geary Boulevard.
A PetCo spokesperson did not immediately return a call for comment today.
Ari Burack, Bay City News