After seven years of helping people pamper their pets, Railey’s Leash & Treat (513 N. 36th St) is closing its doors on December 31.
Owner Mark Smith says a combination of factors is why he decided to close his boutique pet store. On top of a poor economy, he says the pet product industry has become somewhat saturated. “You can find a store in every neighborhood now. Not to mention being able to buy online.” Another reason stems from how Fremont has changed over the years. “The vitality that used to be here no longer is here.” That said, he adds, “I’m totally proud of what we have here. We’re going out on a high note.”
Many items are on sale now until Christmas. After that, you can expect even more deals on everything, including fixtures, through the rest of the year. It’s a good time to stock up on pet treats out of the bakery case or pick up a new pooch outfit or two. Tonka (pictured above) will be happy to greet you at the door, too! (Thanks to Paul for the tip.)