Despite holding their soft opening Dec. 5, Pet Supplies Plus held its grand opening Saturday and Sunday.
Located at 1212 East Business U.S. Highway 190, Pet Supplies Plus offers a variety of small pets, quality foods, accessories, and even a self-service dog wash for your furry friend.
Spike Stoker, who co-owns the store with his wife Leslie, decided to open the store because of their passion for animals, and said that leashed pets are welcome to browse the aisles.
“My wife and I, we’re both pet parents; we love pets. We want to make sure that this is a family atmosphere,” Spike said. “We want you to bring your kids in, and bring your pets in. I like petting them as much as anybody does.”
Pet Supplies Plus takes pride in offering a quick, hassle-free experience for shoppers in a hurry with an easy to navigate floor plan.
“We want to make the experience as easy and as fast as it can be. Just come in and have fun,” Spike Stoker said.
The independently owned and operated store offers competitive prices with their price match guarantee.
“We’ve got one of the widest selections of dog and cat food, plus all the treats, accessories, and toys,” Spike Stoker said. “We don’t have grooming here, but we have the self-service pet wash. It’s $10 for 30 minutes.”
Towels are handed out at the front to patrons wishing to use the pet wash, and the washing areas are stocked with toenail clippers, soaps, and other grooming accessories.
The Stokers said helping others is their favorite part of the job.
“I’ve been in retail forever, and I love helping people,” Spike Stoker said. “It’s an opportunity to help people and their pets. Every pet has it’s own needs, so it’s all about talking to people and finding out what their pet’s needs are and what they like. We’re here to take care of all of our neighbors in town.”
The store, which sells small animals, reptiles and fish, also partners with the local animal shelters to help get the shelters’ animals adopted as well.
Representatives from the Killeen and Copperas Cove animal shelters take turns bringing in their cats that are up for adoption.
“We have the cat adoption room here, and we were told that the Cove shelter is now out of cats because we’ve adopted them all out,” Leslie Stoker said. “It’s a good thing.”
“They were over ran with cats and kittens, and now we’ve adopted them all out,” Spike Stoker said.
Compassion is the driving force for the Stokers.
“We try to take the pets that haven’t had a great life, and try to give them somebody that can make them happy,” Spike Stoker said.
Giveaways were plentiful during the grand opening, with a free scratch card with purchase and a pets and people pizza party Saturday, and a free small bag of dog or cat food to the first 100 visitors Sunday.
The store will be holding a community veterinary clinic Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8, offering preventative veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm prevention, testing and deworming, and prescription flea and tick control.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.