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Petland Discounts Might Shutter Stores


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Petland Discounts, a chain of pet stores in the New York tri-state area, might close all of its stores, following the death of its sole proprietor, founder and CEO Neil Pardon earlier this month. 

In an email to Pet Product News, Amy Eisenberg, director of public relations and special events for the Brentwood, New York-based company wrote: “The company filed a notice with the Labor Department so it would be in compliance with the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act [WARN] if the business does close." 

In New York, the company’s WARN notice cited 367 employees at its 78 locations would be affected and April 18 was listed as the closing date. In New Jersey, the store filed a WARN notice for 10 stores with 30 employees each and listed the closing date at March 19. Two locations in Connecticut with seven employees were listed in a WARN notice with a closing date of March 19.

“Neil is the sole proprietor and the family is still trying to figure everything out,” Eisenberg wrote. 

Pardon died at the age of 74, following a battle with cancer. He opened the first Petland Discounts store in September 1965 in the New York borough of Queens. At its peak, the company had 118 locations. Petland Discounts recently celebrated its 54th year in business. 

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