Two national chains have investigated possibilities of opening stores in Juneau, but there are no plans as of yet.
City Manager Rod Swope said Petco and Staples were looking at the factors involved with setting up shop in the Nugget Mall. He said both companies approached Juneau’s building department, inquiring about codes and requirements if they did seek to build locations at the mall, but there were no formal arrangements.
He said Petco also submitted a draft occupancy proposal for the mall’s vacant spot, but it was informal and not detailed. Swope said, “It certainly wasn’t what we require as far as a building plan.”
Swope confirmed that neither company has agreed to locate here, and it doesn’t look like either will at this point.
Petco Spokeswoman Brooke Simon said no stores are scheduled in Juneau for the next several months and that the company usually does not talk about store locations beyond that. She said she cannot confirm that Petco even looked at Juneau as a possible location because it’s not on the current, updated list.
A voicemail message by Simon to the Empire said, “I can tell you that in general we look to place our stores in growing neighborhoods where we can work with other retailers and be a convenient shopping location for our customers so that would definitely be definitely taken into consideration when considering Juneau, although like I said I cannot confirm that we are.”
She said Petco does enjoy its three other Alaska stores, one in Fairbanks and two in Anchorage.
Staples did not return requests for comment by press time.
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