Town & Country inks Petco as new tenant

14,000-square-foot store to be ‘junior tenant,’ will open in late 2016

The new pet store was identified as a “junior anchor” by officials from Columbus-based Casto, co-owner of Town & Country. It will be located adjacent to the mall’s newest anchor, a 23,000-square-foot T.J. Maxx store, which is currently under construction and is slated to open next fall in the center of the retail complex. The Petco is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2016, Casto officials said.

Petco operates a half-dozen pet stores around the Dayton area, including one at 2322 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood that is less than two miles away from Town & Country shopping center. A manager at the Oakwood store referred questions about potential impact to his store to corporate officials, who could not be reached Thursday.

The shopping center on Stroop Road between Far Hills Avenue and Shroyer Road in Kettering is in the midst of a $7 million renovation that includes extensive changes to the shopping center’s interior, its facade, and to the parking lot, and added 2,500 square feet to an existing 10,000-square-foot Trader Joe’s grocery store.

Kettering city officials regard Town & Country and the surrounding area as a downtown of sorts. Kettering City Council approved a $700,000, five-year, forgivable loan to help pay for the retail center’s renovation. If the shopping center’s owners meet criteria, they would receive the grant when the renovation project is complete.

“A revitalized Town & Country is critical to the health of the retail market in the city of Kettering,” Gregg Gorsuch, Kettering’s economic development manager, said earlier this year when the renovation project was announced.

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