National pet specialty retailer Petco broke ground on a new distribution center in Reno Thursday morning.


The new 770,000 square foot center is located near Highway 395 and Red Rock Road.


Governor Brian Sandoval, Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and other city officials attended the ceremony.


The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) says the company plans to fill a number of full-time and part-time positions at the new distribution center, including managerial, engineering, maintenance, finance, human resources, clerical and warehouse jobs. There's  no immediate word on when people can apply for jobs. It's scheduled to open in May 2015 and is expected to bring 150 jobs to the area.


"We are excited to welcome Petco, a nationally recognized and highly respected company to the region," said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN. "Petco joins a long list of retail and e-commerce companies that choose Reno, in large part, to take advantage of our strategic location as the Center of the West for distribution."


Petco employs 25,000 people nationwide with 13,000 Petco locations in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. The new location will service our local Petco centers and 220 other stores nationwide.


“It also kind of dots the ‘i' in terms of that we are the logistics capital for distribution. It doesn't get any better than this,” says Governor Sandoval.


About 250 construction workers will build the new facility.


Petco chose Reno because it was a top spot to set up shop.


“We looked at the cost factors, but when it came down to it, it came to workforce. It came to the culture of the environment of the community that we'd be working in,” says Mark Hilborn, Petco's Senior Vice President of Supply Chain.


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