January 23, 2019

Petland Discounts to close Derby, Southbury stores

Regional pet store chain Petland Discounts is shuttering its Connecticut stores in Derby and Southbury and laying off seven employees in the state, according to a state Department of Labor filing.

The Long Island, N.Y.-based chain said the stores would be closing on March 19, according to a letter the DOL received from the company Tuesday.

Federal law requires employers of 100 or more to provide advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs.

According to the letter, the company expects to lay off a total of 412 employees, although it did not say how many of its other stores were closing or if the company was going out of business. Attempts to reach Petland Discounts officials Wednesday morning were unsuccessful.

The Southbury location is at 775 Main St. South. The Derby Petland store is located at 49 Pershing Dr.

Pet industry trade publication PetAge reported last week that the company's owner and founder, Neil Padron, died of bladder cancer at 74.

Padron started the company in Queens in 1965. It grew to become the largest privately-owned pet store chain in the New York tri-state area and at its peak had 118 locations, according to PetAge.

In September, it celebrated its 54th year in business. The stores offer a full line of pet supplies as well as live fish, birds, small animals and reptiles.

Contact Natalie Missakian at news@newhavenbiz.com

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