Residents claims the chain pet store will suck business away from the smaller retailers around town.
But PETCO officials defended themselves. Spokesman Kevin Whalen tells KTVU that the store is "not trying to put anybody out of business. We think there is an opportunity, and this is not a fully served market that we can make a difference in."
The city has a long track record of trying to keep chain pet stores out. Marina neighbors fought hard to keep a Pet Food Express from moving into the area -- and almost won. After a long fight, the company got its permit
to move into the former Hollywood Video on California Street.
Neighbors might have a louder bark, but chain stores have a bigger bite.