2019-02-06 / Front Page

Petland Stores Closing

Operators of the Petland Discount pet supply chain announced last week that they are shutting down stores throughout the New York metropolitan area, including stores on Steinway Street, Broadway and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria.

Queens-based founder, Neil Padron, opened his first store in 1965 and maintained sole control of the chain’s day-to-day operations until he passed away from bladder cancer on January 14th.

Padron was 74 years old.

The pet supply chain will be closing a total of 70 stores throughout the five boroughs, Nassau and Westchester County by April 18, according to a January 18 filing with the New York State Department of Labor.

According to the filing, all store employees will receive pink slips prior or up to April 18th. It is unclear if the list of closures includes franchises located within New York State.

Petland, Inc has filed similar notices of store closures with the New Jersey and Connecticut Departments of Labor. It is unclear how many people will lose their jobs when Petland closes stores on the two states.

Padron’s daughter, Amy Eisenberg, did not offer a reason for the closings. Eisenberg said the family is still dealing with her father’s death, and would be sorting through details of the Petland liquidation at some time in the near future.

Meanwhile, experts said it is very likely that Petland is one of a growing number of brick and mortar chains forced out of business by online retailers.

–Liz Goff

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