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Whole Pet Central Celebrates 10 Years With Events for the Community

By Robin Fillmore

The local natural pet food and supply store, Whole Pet Central, is celebrating 10 years of serving the greater D.C. area with a great celebration on October 24 at their three stores, in Rockville, Maryland and Ashburn and Herndon, in Virginia. At each of the stores there will be multiple events and promotions, including adoptions, product demonstrations, free samples, goodie bags and other giveaways.

Members, and those who request a membership card, will receive double-points and everyone will be eligible to participate in a raffle for prizes. The grand prize is a gift card worth $1,000 of free food and supplies.

Whole Pet Central is co-owned by John McGeehan and Liora Robinson, who between them, have more than 30 years of experience in the pet food industry. Prior to launching Whole Pet Central, McGeehan had been in the pet supply business as a district manager with a major retailer for a number of years, but became uncomfortable with the quality of the foods that were offered in the major pet stores.

“I knew there were higher quality foods available, so I decided to start my own company emphasizing the better, all-natural pet foods,” note McGeehan. Knowing that launching any business takes time and experience, he asked Robinson, who was one of his employees, to join him with an equity interest in the company. Robinson took him up on the offer and is a minority owner. Whole Pet Central is noted for their high quality pet food that contains only natural ingredients. There are no meat by-products, wheat gluten, animal digest, artificial preservatives nor any other inferior ingredients.

Their first store opened in Rockville in 2005 and they were able to double the size of that location in 2013. Their second store, in Ashburn, opened in 2008 and two years later their third store was opened, in Herndon. For those who are unable to reach these locations easily, they opened their Web store, with most of their product line available in 2009.

All are invited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with McGeehan, Robinson and their committed staff at any of the locations.

Locations: 1306 East Gude Drive, Rockville; 43330 Junction Plaza, Ste. 176, Ashburn and 304 Elden Street. For more information, visit

June 2020




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