Darby Craddock, CBC Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, Brings National Tenant Pet Supermarket to Winter Haven, Florida

IMMEDIATE RELEASE (LAKELAND, FL February 9, 2012) – Darby Craddock, sales associate and Realtor® with SVN | Saunders RALSTON DANTZLER REALTY (SVNSRD) of Lakeland, FL, has finalized 7,200 SF retail lease in Winter Haven, FL. This lease will bring the national retail chain, Pet Supermarket, to Winter Haven as the first and only store in the area and only the third store in Polk County. 

Craddock, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC.org), attended the ICSC conference held in Orlando and piqued the interest of the Pet Supermarket officials, who had interest in locating to the Winter Haven area. The specific site was mentioned but was not on the market.

Craddock’s knowledge of the Winter Haven and east Polk County markets was instrumental in approaching the building owner on behalf of Pet Supermarket and over time, successfully negotiating. Although a long-shot lead, the lease was finalized after many months of working to get both parties to a mutually agreeable contract.

The family pet store will be located at 501 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven, FL. “Pet Supermarket joins a series of other companies who have recently announced intentions to build or open in Winter Haven. Our economic outlook continues to trend positively. A new competitive option for pet owners will be a welcome addition to the community. Pet Supermarket’s support for organizations that care for and place homeless animals provides a wonderful example of corporate responsibility. We look forward to their grand opening,” said Bob Gernert, Jr., Executive Director, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Winter Haven pet lovers will be able to take their pets shopping with them to select from a large inventory of quality discount food, toys, medicine, clothing, and other supplies suitable for a variety of pet types. The store will offer vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets and will work with area organizations to host adoptions and related events for cats and dogs. While shopping, customers will also be able to pick up new pet family members, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and tropical fish.

The company was founded in 1973 by Chuck West as Pet Circus and the family-owned company became Pet Supermarket in 1986. Pet Supermarket sells more than 8,000 pet care products through its website petsupermarket.com and in over 125 stores in a dozen states The Winter Haven store will be the company’s third location in Polk County, the other two located in Lakeland, and adds to the 31 stores in Central and South Florida.


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