The Efficient Strategies Independent Pet Stores Are Implementing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Pet Product News Staff
Published: 2020.03.24 02:03 PM
With the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases mounting and government mandates designed to stop the spread of the virus seemingly escalating every day, pet supply stores are finding themselves in an unprecedented situation.
A growing number of states are issuing their residents to stay at home and are also closing nonessential businesses, which left many retailers wondering if pet stores were considered essential. Last week, industry leaders urged government officials to exempt pet stores from mandatory closures—and the message, it seems, has been received.
Pet supply stores have been deemed an essential business in the 17 states, 14 counties and eight cities that are urging citizens to stay home, as of press time.
Pet Product News (PPN) spoke with independent retailers across the U.S. to find out how coronavirus is impacting them, what they’re doing about it, and how they’re trying to make a difficult time easier on their customers and communities.
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