Vacant Waterford site back in business with new pet facility | Local News

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FLORENCE, SC – More than 20 people and their bets made it to the annual Animal Blessing at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon to mark the feast of Saint Francis. The church, along with St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, raised money and materials to donate to the Darlington County Humane Society in honor of the annual event. Dogs, cats and a therapy horse were blessed during the 30 minute service.



Miller Brothers Partnership, based in Big Bend, purchased the property in 2019.

Ben Miller, who runs the business with his brother, Hiram Miller, said he was happy to have Midwest Pet Feed as a tenant, after watching the property remain vacant for so long.

Miller said his company repaired the roof, parking lot and landscaping, and Dovgin made improvements to the interior to create a 1,000 square foot showroom.

“He did a really good job,” said Miller. “We have revived the building.

Midwest Pet Feed has a two year lease on the property.

Dovgin, a first-time business owner, operates the pet store with his wife, Michelle Dovgin.

The store opened in mid-June. A grand official opening is scheduled for July 10.

Dawn Brummel, executive director of Explore Waterford, the chamber of commerce, said customers will appreciate having Midwest Pet Feed as a source of pet food and related services not available elsewhere.

“Customers will receive special attention from the staff to answer all of their questions,” said Brummel. “And the quality of the food they sell is controlled and carefully chosen for the benefit of the health of all pets.”


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