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PetSmart coming to town

Walmart, Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and Office Max soon will have a new neighbor.

The most recent addition to the Harbour View East shopping center will be Hampton Roads’ eighth PetSmart, according to PetSmart corporate communications representative Kelley Moore.

The store will be leasing more than 12,000 square feet at the Townpoint Road and College Drive shopping center and is expected to open in early 2011, according to Moore.

The new PetSmart will bring forty full- and part-time jobs; 10,000 pet products, ranging from breed-specific dog food to self-cleaning litter boxes; a full-service grooming salon, where a new hairdo tops off clean ears, clipped nails and fresh breath; training classes geared for pet parents and their pets; and a shopping experience where pets sniff out their favorite toys.

Knowledgeable associates to help match new owners to the best pets — whether they slither, blow bubbles or chirp.

There will also be seasonal events, such as the upcoming Howl-O-Ween Costume Party, where pets can model their favorite Halloween fashions.

Customers also will have year-round opportunities to save the life of a homeless pet and add to the family through PetSmart’s in-store adoption program.

The company’s Chesapeake Square store — as well as all of its other Hampton Roads locations — will remain open after the Suffolk store comes on-line, Moore said.