Interest builds in retail center as first store opens

Jan. 25, 2018

Pet owners have a new option in southwest Sioux Falls as EarthWise Pet Supply opens Saturday.

It’s the first tenant in a retail center called The Wedge on Western Avenue south of 69th Street.

The store is franchised by Julie and Scott Ward and offers all-natural pet products for all budgets, including “the largest selection of ultra-premium, super-premium pet food in the area,” Julie Ward said.

“I think we’re going to be treat central. We have so many dog and cat treats that will be new to the area, just a really wide variety of dog and cat supplies.”

The store will offer grooming but is still hiring groomers. Customers can use two self-wash bays for $15.

“We supply everything: Shampoo, conditioners, tools, towels and dryers,” Ward said, adding pets always are welcome with shoppers.

“Absolutely, we would love that.”

The store likely won’t be the only business in the center for long.

“There is a restaurant that is very interested in the space,” said Richard Thomason, a commercial broker with Nelson Commercial Real Estate.

“It’s a healthy, casual cafe/coffee shop looking at around 2,300 to 2,400 square feet on the north endcap, and there’s lease negotiations going on for an additional space and a lot of interest in the rest of the building.”

Even without the doors open, EarthWise has seen interest from the neighborhood, Ward said.

“Just since we’ve put up our sign, people have driven by and seen cars and have been stopping and coming in. People out walking their dogs will swing in and say hello, so it’s been great.”

EarthWise hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The company was founded in 1977 in California and has locations nationwide.

Interest builds in retail center as first store opens

Pet owners have a new option in southwest Sioux Falls as EarthWise Pet Supply opens Saturday.

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