A bright yellow posterboard said “liquidation sale” on the door, but the announcement The Pet Stop made on their Facebook page shared the true story.
The Facebook post was made by owner Pat Kaski. He said that the store has been struggling as internet sales and PetSmart have taken away customers.
“Took a big chunk away from us,” Kaski said about the competitors. “We tried a bunch of different things. We get the local people but it’s the out of town people we don’t get anymore.”
Four jobs will be lost but Kaski said that’s only half of the jobs The Pet Stop had before PetSmart opened.
The Pet Stop is officially closing somewhere near July 15 as inventory and shelving gets sold off to customers. Kaski said the building has been on the market and there are negotiations in place to sell soon.
For 22 years The Pet Stop has been open in Marquette, first opening in the Westwood Mall and then moving to their current location at 102 Coles Drive. Since then the store has specialized in pet food, fish and more. Despite the announcement, Kaski remains thankful.
“Thanks for the support of the local community,” he said. “It’s a sad day for everybody.”