National Pet Retailer Taps KBE Building Corp. for New Conn. Location 

Middletown Petco marks KBE’s 10th time building for top retailer

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Oct. 3, 2014 – KBE Building Corporation, a $300 million commercial construction firm with regional offices in Connecticut and Maryland, has been chosen for its tenth Petco construction project – this one in Middletown, Connecticut.

KBE will serve as General Contractor for the $925,000, 13,500-square-foot fit-out at the existing Middletown Plaza. KBE’s previous Petco projects include new construction and fit-outs for various stores and Pooch Hotels in Connecticut and North Carolina.

With 1,300 locations across the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Petco provides products, services, advice, and experiences that meet its mission: Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. The Petco Foundation, an affiliated nonprofit, has raised more than $125 million since 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals.

KBE shares a commitment to serving the community through its charitable giving program 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s 50th year in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in Connecticut and Maryland.

“We’ve enjoyed building and renovating various Petco locations along the East Coast,” said KBE principal owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who bought the firm in 2007 with fellow senior executives Eric Brown and Simon Etzel. “It’s been a pleasure working with a company that shares our commitment to philanthropy.”

KBE’s fit-out of the Middletown, Connecticut Petco is scheduled for completion in late 2014. The project’s owner is Block & Kahan Properties, LLC, which is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm is celebrating its 55th year providing preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.

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