New Maple Grove hang out for your furry friend

Chuck & Don’s hosts grand opening

 

There is a new place in Maple Grove that pet owners can bring their pets.

Chuck & Don’s just opened a new location in Maple Grove, 8115 Wedgewood Lane, Suite #1.

The city of Maple Grove welcomes new business Chuck and Don’s at a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 25. Pictured are: Chuck and Don’s Maple Grove Manager Liz Kyostia, Maple Grove City Councilor Phil Leith, Chuck and Don’s President and CEO Robert Hartzell, Chuck and Don’s CFO and Integrator Thomas Murphy, Chuck and Don’s District Manager Julie Simmons and Chuck and Don’s Senior District Manager of Minnesota Stores John Imholte.

The city of Maple Grove welcomes new business Chuck & Don’s at a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 25. Pictured are: Chuck & Don’s Maple Grove Manager Liz Kyostia, Maple Grove City Councilor Phil Leith, Chuck & Don’s President and CEO Robert Hartzell, Chuck & Don’s CFO and Integrator Thomas Murphy, Chuck & Don’s District Manager Julie Simmons and Chuck & Don’s Senior District Manager of Minnesota Stores John Imholte.

There are currently 19 other Chuck & Don’s stores in the Twin Cities metro area. Maple Grove store manager Liz Kyostia said within the last five years there have been five new stores built in Colorado near Denver.

Chuck & Don’s was founded by Charles Anderson and Don Tauer in 1990 with the “mission to enrich the lives of pets by providing the best products, service and education for it customers.”

According Kyostia there is nothing really like Chuck & Don’s in Maple Grove that is a small pet business. That’s why Maple Grove was chosen as a new location. “Maple Grove is such a pet-friendly community with a dog park and walking trails, it is a perfect fit,” she said.

Dogs Rory and Jazzy take part in the grand opening festivities at Chuck and Don’s in Maple Grove on Jan. 25 with their owners Mike Allard and Melissa Marie Osendorf Allard.

Dogs Rory and Jazzy take part in the grand opening festivities at Chuck & Don’s in Maple Grove on Jan. 25 with their owners Mike Allard and Melissa Marie Osendorf Allard.

The store offers brand name, specialty and hard-to-find pet foods and supplies for dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles and aquatic pets.

Kyostia added, “We can even help our customers find the best food for their pet based on the pet’s nutritional needs. And we will carry out that heavy bag of food to our customer’s car.”

Chuck & Don’s sends out a free newsletter — The Barkin’ Mews — to customers who sign up for it. This newsletter contains articles, upcoming store events and coupons. Customers also can participate in the free Friends of Chuck rewards program, where customers receive a quarter rebate based on their purchases for the previous quarter. The sign up is private and only a name and address is needed. There are no membership cards either Kyostia said. A customer’s information can be looked up at the store.

The new location hosted a grand opening celebration event Jan. 25. The store has been open since the end of October of last year, but with the holidays the grand opening was delayed. “We were already actually pretty busy because of the holidays,” Kyostia said.

Chuck and Don’s Maple Grove Manager Liz Kyostia fits a harness on a dog at the grand opening of the new Maple Grove location.

Chuck & Don’s Maple Grove Manager Liz Kyostia fits a harness on a dog at the grand opening of the new Maple Grove location.

During the grand opening on Jan. 25, customers and members of the public were treated to free portraits with their pets and had a chance to register to win prizes. Pets were treated to free nail trimmings from Twin Cities Pet Rescue.

Kyostia said customers were able to leave donations for the nail trimmings that all went to Twin Cities Pet Rescue. She added, “We sometimes offer other free nail trimming events hosted by other rescue groups. All the donations from those events go directly to those groups.”

Chuck & Don’s also hosts other events throughout the year. “We host educational game events, dress up days and adoption events with pet rescue groups, which are typically a meet and greet for pets and potential owners,” Kyostia said.

All behaved leashed pets are welcome to stop into Chuck & Don’s in Maple Grove. “We are excited to be here,” Kyostia said. “People have already heard of us, which is nice.”

 

 

 

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