Vets First Choice has received city approval to begin construction on a new headquarters in downtown Portland to support the company’s rapid growth and expansion. The Portland Planning Board approved a site plan for the 170,000-square-foot facility, which will feature space for more than 1,500 employees including offices, a pharmacy, a fulfillment center and software and data science labs.
The project, at 12 Mountfort St., represents a major milestone for Vets First Choice, as the company looks to establish a larger presence in the region and accommodate the significant growth it has experienced over the past few years.
Vets First co-founder and CEO Benjamin Shaw expects to add more than 1,000 new high-quality jobs in southern Maine and believes this downtown location will be critical towards attracting world-class talent. The facility also would serve as the headquarters for a planned new company that would be created when it merges with the animal health division of Henry Schein Inc. of Melville, New York.