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Is One Canadian Pet Chain Closing Due to No Puppy Sales?

According to a 2016 study by Price Waterhouse Cooper, the company has lost almost $17 million since 2013, blamed in part on the company’s decision to stop selling puppies in 2011, reports say.


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Going-out-of-business sale signs at a Pets Unlimited in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Anjuli Patil/CBC

PJ’s Pets, a Canadian pet retailer that has been in business for almost 50 years and started its first PJ’s Pets location in 1969, has announced that 27 out of 39 stores across Canada will close.

PJ’s Pets, Petculture, Pets Unlimited and Oliver and Pets Co. locations in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia, will close.

Eleven stores in Ontario will be affected, including the only Toronto location.

Parent company Gordon Brothers Group, headquartered in Boston, did not give a reason for the closures. But according to a 2016 study by Price Waterhouse Cooper, the company has lost almost $17 million since 2013, blamed in part on the company’s decision to stop selling puppies in 2011, reported CBC news in Nova Scotia.

“We are saddened to say that we are closing our doors after almost 50 years of serving the pet community across Canada,” Brad Hamilton, vice-president of PJ’s Pets, said in a statement.

“Our business was able to thrive for so many years as a result of our loyal associates and amazing customers.”

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