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A local pet store that had fallen on hard times has been resurrected through familial ties.
The former E’town Pets Center in E-Town Plaza has reopened as E’town Pets and More. The store is being run by Jason Simon, the former owner’s brother, and a grand opening is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
E’town Pets Center closed in July and Simon said the decision to close the store was a financial one. But he and his sister, who owned the store for eight years, continued to care for the animals. Hardin County Animal Control had responded to the store after receiving complaints but found the animals to be well cared for despite the store’s closure. Simon wanted to see the store continue for his sister.
“We’re still pursuing the dream she always had,” he said.
The new store opened a week ago. Simon said he and his sister, who is still involved in the business, are continuing to fully stock the new store with animals and supplies.
“This is going to be a work in progress over the next year,” he said.
Simon previously had worked mostly in construction, but decided taking over the pet store would keep him home with his family and help continue his siblings’ work.
“It just seemed like a good opportunity to step in and help her out,” he said.
He said his sister is crucial to the store and her heart always has been in this type of work.
The store has been renovated to include more room for the animals, including a play area for puppies. Simon said he added a kennel behind the store to allow the animals some time outside as well. Simon said he wants to have a friendly atmosphere that invites people in to play with the pets.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.