What is more boring than 12,000 square feet of empty commercial space? A store that isn’t needed. PetSmart is gearing up to open a new location in the bottom level of the bankrupt Borders in East Side. It isn’t needed, and we implore you not to shop there.
…Because there are already two fantastic, locally owned pet stores within a block from the Eastside shopping area.
- Smiley’s Pet Pad (215 South Highland Ave / 412-362-7556 / map)
- Petagogy (5880 Ellsworth Ave / 412-362-7387 / map)
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This is not an attack on PetSmart. We simply want to support locally owned businesses and strongly encourage our readership to do the same. If you so passionately claim to love the Burgh, then don’t even think about stepping as much as a pinky toe into the new PetSmart location when it opens this upcoming May or June.
Business is business. That’s why it’s understandable that developers are using “Eastside” (or is it East Side?) as an opportunity to make big bucks from big box retailers. It doesn’t mean that you have to buy into their business plan.
Smiley’s Pet Pad has been around since 1972, and Petagogy opened up sometime last year. Don’t let the emergence of an ugly department store impact these A+ Pittsburgh businesses. Shop at Smiley’s and Petagogy where you’ll be served by people who love animals and hand select the very best products for you and your pets. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, just ask them to order it – both stores will even delivery to you if you live nearby.
A recent Pittsburgh Business Times article said the PetSmart store will have an in-house veterinary clinic. So what. There is already a veterinary center across from Petagogy. It’s a shame that the article failed to mention the Pittsburgh-based pet stores already in existence.
If you are a Pittsburgh hater and absolutely must spend your money at chain stores, there is already a Petland (Ohio corporation) in the Trader Joe’s shopping center down the street. After you visit the PetSmart once to see how they removed the escalators and transformed the space from bookstore to pet store, please continue to buy your pal’s food and toys from Petagogy or Smiley’s. Your best friend deserve it.