Thursday, December 31, 2015
Bethesda Pet Shoppe closing
This will leave only one independent pet store in Bethesda, Westwood Pet Center. That store's future is uncertain once the Westwood Shopping Center is redeveloped. There is no guarantee that current retailers there will be able to A) survive the staging of construction for the new retail center, or B) afford the rents when it is complete.
The Montgomery County Planning Board declined to strengthen language in the Westbard Sector Plan it recently approved for review by the County Council to preserve mom-and-pop stores.
There is a PetSmart at 6800 Wisconsin Avenue in terms of chain stores that serve many types of pets. Bone Jour at 4927-A St. Elmo Avenue offers retail items for dogs and cats, along with its grooming services.