Lifelong Long Beach resident Heather Wood, 49, walks her daughter's dog Navi, 3, into the new Pet Food Express at 5265 E. Second Street in Belmont Shore Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Pet Food Express, a popular California pet store chain, opened its second Long Beach location in Belmont Shore this week and is formally celebrating the occasion next weekend.

Located at 5265 E. Second St., the store will serve the pet-loving Belmont Shore community, said Michael Levy, President and CEO of Pet Food Express.

“We are amazed at all of the dogs and their owners walking down Second Street,” said Levy. “We feel a connection with the community and believe they value their pets like we do. We are excited to be a part of the Belmont Shore community and look forward to getting to know everyone and their pets.”

Rene Perez lets Ramses, 2, sniff out a treat at the newly opened Pet Food Express at 5265 E. Second St. in Belmont Shore on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

A grand opening celebration will take place on Nov. 5 and 6, and customers will have the chance to enter special giveaways and discounts including raffles for $100 gift cards, free self-service pet washes, free pet treat samples and more. Local cat and dog adoption centers will be in attendance throughout the weekend for anyone looking to bring a furry friend home.

The new store currently employs 15 people, according to Levy, and the company is actively hiring. Those interested can apply in store or online here. The store will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Founded over 30 years ago, Pet Food Express has more than 60 locations across the state, including one in Bixby Knolls. The Belmont Shore location will be the company’s 65th.

The store offers a variety of pet food and products along with its signature self-service pet wash station, and the company says it aims to deepen its partnerships with the Long Beach rescue and shelter community as well as offer adoption, rescue and shelter support to its customers, according to the company.

“Through our Bixby Knolls location, we’ve been so fortunate to build close relationships with the community and with local animal rescue and shelter partners,” Levy said. “Adding another location in Long Beach will allow us to serve customers and their pets in the Belmont Shore neighborhood as well.”

The new Pet Food Express is located at 5265 E. Second Street. The Bixby Knolls location is at 4220 Long Beach Blvd.