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Monday, January 30, 2023

Pet Words of Wisdom – Summer changes, some are good

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This summer seems to be a more-than-usual season of changes. Construction challenges, staff challenges, interesting weather, too.

And get this… With our new point-of-sale system, we are better able to evaluate sales and that information is leading us to re-evaluate some of what we do. We will not make any major changes, but certainly some will be noticeable. For instance, the amount of time and money spent maintaining our fish department has not kept up with sales. We will not be getting out of the fish business, but we will be dedicating less space to live fish. This new plan will not affect our koi in any way. We will also continue to have feeder fish, goldfish and some other varieties. We are a nimble business and can follow the trends easily.

Some other challenges lie ahead, too. There is talk of a special assessment for the East Ogden Avenue Corridor. This SSA would increase our taxes in exchange for some surface enhancements to the area. Quite frankly, I am against paying more taxes just because Dog Patch is located in a struggling business corridor. My thinking is that some incentives to encourage businesses to move into the empty space and perhaps to sweeten the sales of a host of empty properties would immediately make the corridor and the surrounding more attractive.

This adult stuff is often more than I can handle. Come adopt a dog, it will make me smile.

Greg Gordon
Greg Gordonhttp://dogpatchpets.com
Greg Gordon is the General Manager and Proprietor of Dog Patch Pet & Feed in Naperville. Contact him through the pet store at info@dogpatchpets.com.

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