Kriser’s Location in Chicago Reports Damage Following a Weekend of Unrest
A Kriser’s location in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood sustained damaged over the weekend after looting and fires broke out following protests in the area over the death of George Floyd who died during a confrontation with police in Minneapolis, officials from the pet specialty chain confirmed with Pet Product News.
“Out of an abundance of caution and genuine care for our pet parents and their pets, the store is currently closed, and we do not yet have a time period for reopening,” Kriser’s officials said.
Kriser’s Natural Pet is part of Independent Pet Partners (IPP), an early-stage company backed by private equity firm TPG Growth, which also includes three other brands of independent pet retailers: Loyal Companion, Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies and Natural Pawz.
Properties in Chicago’s central business district sustained millions of dollars in damage, and the South Loop neighborhood was one of the hardest hit areas, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business article.
Businesses across the city quickly began clean-up efforts, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her administration will set up a $10 million grant fund, designed to help small businesses impacted by looting and vandalism, according to 5 Chicago, an NBC affiliate.