Stop & Shop will conduct a 12-week pilot with DogSpot dog houses, which are lockable, self-sanitizing, camera-monitored and temp-controlled. The houses will provide dogs with a safe and comfortable place to wait while owners shop. On June 6, the store at 65 Shore Road, Port Washington, New York, will launch the program.
“We know our customers love their pets, so we’re excited to introduce this innovation to our Long Island shoppers as another way to help make their grocery shopping easier and more convenient,” said Stop & Shop SVP Bob Yager. “Depending on the success of this initial pilot, we may roll out more DogSpots in other communities that we serve across the Northeast.”
Stop & Shop customers can download the DogSpot app, available for both iPhone and Android users, and in less than 90 seconds, they will be able to use or reserve a DogSpot house. Each DogSpot features heating and air conditioning as well as ultraviolet lights to disinfect the interior between uses. Pet parents can even check on their pets as they shop through a “puppy cam” on the app.
Brooklyn-based DogSpot has more than 60 dog houses across 14 states, largely located at retailers where pets are not allowed inside due to heath regulations. The Port Washington Stop & Shop will also be the first location in the country to offer DogSpot’s newest model. Located directly outside the store, the updated models are roomier, fitting up to a 120-lb. dog, and feature a touch-screen for immediate use or to make future reservations.
Stop & Shop Supermarket Co LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA company, employs nearly 60,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
DogSpot was founded in 2015 in Brooklyn, New York.