Any move by Wal-Mart into a new area of business sounds a death knell for competitors in that space. That’s why Cramer offered a eulogy Thursday for PetSmart.
PetSmart , the one-stop shop for all things pet – from food to veterinary care – is going to be under enormous pressure as Wal-Mart sets up a shop of its own on the former’s turf. The outcome, if history is any guide, will not be good for PetSmart.
Whole Foods, Best Buy, Circuit City, even pharmacies in the generic prescription drug sector all took a hit when Wal-Mart stepped in. Well, now the discount giant is increasing its footprint from just pet food to include pet care. “We’ve spent a lot of time on pets,” the head of Wal-Mart’s grocery division told analysts at an Oct. 27 meeting, and the company’s expecting to take share by keeping prices low.
[Cue doomsday bell sound.]