Petz Plaza expanding services after sale to Denver-based company

    After being sold around last Christmas, Petz Plaza locations in Baton Rouge are renovating and expanding their services.

    Denver-based Destination Pet bought Petz Plaza’s two locations—on Perkins Road and Jefferson Highway—late last year, giving the pet grooming and boarding business the financial backing necessary to expand its doggie daycare services to facilitate more dogs, says Michael Hackett, who founded and owned Petz Plaza since 2002. Hackett’s wife, JT, remains on staff as a general manager while Hackett is serving as a consultant while exploring non-animal opportunities.

    “While not family-owned, it’s still family-run,” says Hackett. “There’s a lot of exciting opportunities we’re now able to offer.”

    At their Perkins Road location, Petz Plaza is expanding into a suite behind Iverstine Farms Butcher, allowing the business to host an additional 50 dogs in its daycare. The Jefferson Highway has also grown, adding two daycare rooms to hold about 40 more dogs.

    Destination Pet also bought Animal Health Clinic of Baton Rouge, which was owned by Hackett’s father, Dr. Clarence B. Hackett, who will remain the clinic’s head veterinarian.