Today, we’d like to update the Johnson City community on our local efforts and plans for our Johnson City store, which was flooded last month.
Flood recovery efforts continue in the area, and Petco and the Petco Foundation are supporting those efforts.
After last month’s flood and the related accident at our local store, we said we would donate $25,000 to five local nonprofit agencies to aid in flood relief efforts benefiting humans and animals.
Each of the five agencies – Food Bank of the Southern Tier; Broome County Humane Society; South Central Region American Red Cross; Animal Aid and Relief Foundation; and Flutterbyes Animal Rescue – received $5,000 to help recover and rebuild.
In addition, the Petco Foundation continues to be in touch with local partner groups to understand and fill the need for pet food and supplies.
Our Johnson City Store and Team
With major floods occurring twice in just the last five years, we have serious concerns about reopening our store with a full complement of animals in the current Harry L Drive location, given our commitment to high standards of animal care and safety.
The risk of future flooding in this location feels simply too great, given how quickly waters can rise and the fact that evacuating animals also poses health and safety risks to animals, as well as to humans.
We would like to reopen in Johnson City, and we are looking for another location in the area where it would make sense to reopen. Over the next few weeks we expect to determine how to proceed, based on a review of the options available to us.
Our Johnson City Team
Since last month’s flood, we have continued to provide pay and benefits to our Johnson City team, a commitment we made in my September visit.
Our regional and district leaders met with the store team today to give them an update about the store and to inform them that, while we evaluate other potential store locations, we will keep our team on the payroll.
We also are encouraging our associates to devote a portion of their time to help with flood recovery efforts in the community.
We will provide further updates in the coming weeks.