Pets at Home

Handforth, United Kingdom

Partnership Comforts

Pets at Home is the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food and pet-related services and accessories. Founded in 1991, Pets at Home currently operates over 280 stores with 4,800 employees, as well as 70 veterinary surgical centers under the brand name Companion Care. The company’s strong market position, supported by a well-differentiated retail proposition and experience, and its rapid growth captured KKR’s interest, and the firm acquired the company in January 2010.

KKR is partnering with Pets at Home management to continue to grow the business, primarily through investments in: new store openings (with a total of 25 in 2010); product innovation and new services (such as the roll-out of grooming, veterinary and insurance offerings); training and development opportunities; and advertising.