Greencross Pet Wellness Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Melbourne based pet retailer Habitat Pet Supplies.

Established in 2012 by Dean and Rachelle Pantalleresco, Habitat has five locations across Melbourne in Altona North, Burwood, Chirnside Park, North Melbourne, and Port Melbourne.

Dean Pantalleresco said that Petbarn is an iconic brand and they are thrilled to be merging.

“Since establishing Habitat, we have focused on being at the forefront of pet retailing, adapting to industry growth and the evolving needs of our customers. We look forward to continuing this as part of the Petbarn network.”  

Scott Charters, Chief Operating Officer at Petbarn, said that they are excited to continue the legacy that the Habitat team has built with its customers in the Melbourne community.

“Under the Petbarn brand we will continue to provide exceptional customer service and education to local pet parents.”

George Wahby, Chief Executive Officer at Greencross, said he is delighted for Dean, Rachelle and the Habitat team to be joining the broader Greencross Pet Wellness Company and more specifically the Petbarn team with a shared vision of providing the best health and wellness for pets.

Habitat will continue to operate independently until the transaction closes, with no immediate changes to suppliers or store personnel.

The acquisition of Habitat by Greencross comes hot on the heels of its recent acquisition of Centre for Animal Referral Emergency (CARE) and the confirmation it will be opening a multidisciplinary Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) in Minchinbury later this year.

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