Pet company Pet Parents celebrated a large expansion for the company last week with the start of construction for its new 45,000 square foot building. The new $7.7 million office, distribution, and warehouse facility will more than double the amount of space the company was previously using.
The new building will be located at 1810 SW Magazine Road in Ankeny with 21,000 warehouse square feet, 20,000 square feet of office space, and 4,200 square feet of retail space. This expansion will help Pet Parents create at least 28 new, full-time jobs in Ankeny over the next three years, growing from 18 desks in their previous office to space for 75 workspaces.
Founded in 2016 by Blake Anderson, the company creates products for dogs and cats including diapers, blankets and chew toys, all of which can be found in pet stores nationwide and online at Amazon and Chewy.com
“Just about 5 years ago, I was fulfilling orders in our garage, and now Pet Parents has doubled or nearly doubled year over year ever since I started in 2016, which was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America,” said Anderson. “It’s fitting one of the fastest-growing companies in the US is headquartered in one of the fastest-growing cities in America. We’re delighted to deepen our roots in Ankeny, Iowa, where we call home and which is well situated in close proximity to several wonderful state and private universities.”
The new dog-friendly building will be a modern, open-concept building with optimized acoustics, walls of windows for natural light, and smart office building systems. The 20,000 square feet of office space will have several conference, break out and individual rooms for collaboration and additional privacy, as well as custom workstations for ultimate privacy, work, and comfort for employees and furbabies.
The building will also have an elevator to the second story with 11,000 square feet of office space, which will be built out further in the near future. This upstairs office space will include a state-of-the-art product development studio named “Blondie’s Legacy,” which is named after Anderson’s childhood dog, the initial inspiration for Pet Parents.
Pet Parents has seen impressive growth each year since they were founded in 2016, which was recognized by Inc. 5000 with three-year revenue growth of 1,208% and was the 378th fastest-growing company in America in 2020.
“This investment and expansion in our company infrastructure give us the opportunity to attract and add more kick-ass pack members, the room to stretch out and grow, to support us in continuing to improve the lives of more and more pet parents and furbabies every day,” Anderson added.
Construction of the new Pet Parents facility is expected to be completed in December of 2021.
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