Pet Valu Closing 5 Local Stores in National ‘Wind-Down’

WAYNE PA – Pet Valu, the nationwide retailer of pet food and supplies that operates stores in Gilbertsville, Royersford, Phoenixville, East Greenville, and Oaks, is closing all U.S. operations due to what it claims is a “severe impact from COVID-19,” it announced Wednesday (Nov. 4, 2020). It also reportedly filed related notices with Pennsylvania about impending layoffs involving hundreds of workers.

The company, which has corporate headquarters in Wayne, referred to the closing of 358 stores and warehouses in northeastern and midwestern states as a “wind down.” It said it plans to begin store closing sales at all locations in coming days, and “will continue to take necessary precautions to keep its stores safe for customers and employees.”

“During the store closing process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great in-store experience, offering them even better deals and value,” recently appointed company Chief Restructuring Officer Jamie Gould said. “We will work to assist our dedicated associates through the transition.”

Gould said the company’s stores were “significantly impacted by the protracted COVID-19-related restrictions,” even though pet stores were deemed an “essential” service by the government and more people had begun to adopt pets during the pandemic. “After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down,” he added.

Pittsburgh store photo by Tony Webster via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons license