Petagogy pet store expands customer base and plans to move to downtown Greensburg

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The owners of a local pet store have found a perfect new location to settle in downtown Greensburg.

Petagogy will close operations on April 18 at its Hempfield location, on Route 30 across from Ferrante’s Lakeview Banquet Hall, with plans to reopen April 21 on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg, between Hutchinson Way and Urania Avenue.

The Hempfield store, which opened five years ago, doesn’t see as much traffic as another older Petagogy location in Shadyside, according to Ben Huber, one of the owners. He hopes that will change at the new downtown site, which previously housed Greensburg Tools and Supplies. The location is not far from the Five Star Trail, a popular place for dog walking.

“We originally tried to get into the city center,” Huber said. “When we saw that the building was up for sale, we made an offer. We needed a place in town with parking.

The independent store’s product lines, not found in most big box stores, draw customers from as far away as Connellsville. “We have a lot of clients who said we would be a lot closer now. They can walk their dogs to the store, ”Huber said.

There is room outside to host special events during the warmer months, Huber said. He noted that the relocation will provide additional convenience, a self-service dog wash.

“We have ripped out an existing bathroom and will be installing a dog tub in it,” he said.

There have been unforeseen expenses in renovating the building over the past year, including a leaky roof and an increase in the cost of building materials.

At the same time, Huber said, the store’s customer base has grown as more people have become dog and cat owners during the covid-19 pandemic.

Petagogy organized Yappy Hours, in conjunction with charity events, and during Craft Beer Week in Greensburg.

At the new location, Huber said: “We can be a little more involved with things in the city.”

Among those who can’t wait for Petagogy to open their new store is Jessica Hickey, director of the Downtown Greensburg Project.

“I am delighted that they are coming to the city center,” she said. “It’s a great place for them and it will be good for the community. ”

Jeff Himler is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .



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