After 13 years in business on Pineapple Walk, Rocco & Jezebel for Pets will close for good at the end of July. The blog spoke to owners Andrea Demetropoulos and John Marcolini about their decision to call it quits.
Was it the pandemic? “That was part of it,” said Andrea, “but it was my daughter Hillary’s death that led to the decision. I also had a mini-stroke in April, and at the age of 69, it’s become too much. We have incredible customers who are very unhappy with this decision, but they also want me to take care of myself.” John added, “Business has been terrible anyway. There are a lot of well-to-do people in this neighborhood who took off last year, and the ones who stayed started ordering online.” Was it the rent as well? “Everyone asks that,” said Andrea, “but our rent is great. Our landlord even gave us a break for 5 months last year.”
Andrea and John put the business up for sale, but they’ve not had a committed buyer yet. If anyone reading is interested, the price is $350,000 and includes cages, grooming equipment, kennels, shelving, washer and dryer, kitchen, cat room, and air conditioner.
Meanwhile, there’s a clearance sale until the end of the month. All inventory, including toys, carriers, clothing, booties, leashes, harnesses, collars, beds, and grooming supplies, are all 50% off.
Good luck and happy retirement to Andrea and John.