SALE is set to become home to a new pet retailer which will take over the former site of Sale City Motors on Foster St, which has been vacant for some time.
PETstock, which also has a store in Traralgon, will aim open its doors on October 22.
The site will open with a retail store and a veterinarian serving Sale and the wider community.
The company’s chief executive, David Young, said regional areas were a big focus for the company.
“We’re the only sort of large scale pet company that caters for the likes of equine and country supplies,” he said.
Sale Veterinary Clinic will move from its current location on York St to the smaller of two buildings on site where it will have a relationship with the pet store.
Well-known local veterinarian Dr Duncan Runciman will move to the new site, which he believes will have a large impact on the community.
“This new site should cut out the need for pet owners to travel to Melbourne,” he said.
Between vet sites in Sale and Maffra, Dr Runciman thinks they will be able to double their capacity.
This new site will aim to provide seven-day-a-week veterinary care.
Dr Runciman said few veterinarians were available seven days a week, and some weekends they were the only vets available between Moe and Orbost.
“The Maffra Veterinary Hospital will gain a CT machine that will cater for all animals, and will allow the Sale team to refer them to that centre — as opposed to towns further away or even Melbourne,” he said.
This new site will provide the opportunity for the vets and the retail store to build a partnership that will allow them to provide sound advice to animal owners.
“Often [currently] we will make a recommendation and we won’t have the item on site,” Dr Runciman said.
“Having the store as a part of the complex will allow us make better recommendations.”
Dr Runciman hopes the new site will be fully operational by Christmas.