One Pet Supplies Plus will be closing its doors by the end of September.
As reported by Nicole Hayden of The Times Herald, the Fort Gratiot pet food and supply store will be closing after 25 years of business due to steadily declining sales.
“I think we have been able to service the community,” said Steve Britz, Pet Supplies Plus owner. “We have got a store for 6,700 square feet. We have everything you would want in the store, even though we weren’t the biggest one in the world.”
Though the store is a franchise, Britz privately bought the store at 4161 24th Ave. in Fort Gratiot 20 years ago. When PetSmart entered the region, the store saw sales drop by nearly 22 percent.
Leading up to the store’s closing, it will host a sale that will begin with 10 percent off products. Those numbers are subject to change, as is the expected closing date of September 23 if inventory sells out before then.
Despite the news, Britz looks fondly over the last two decades he’s spent managing the store with his wife, Barb.
“It’s a very positive experience,” he said. “Everyone loves their pets. It’s a totally different atmosphere than grocery shopping because people are in here for their pets, and pets are such a positive part of your life.”
Britz also told The Times Herald that “pet food sales has become increasingly competitive, not just with larger pet stores, but with the ease of online shopping as well.”