Metro Mutts Closing Retail Store

Owners to Focus on Dog Walking and Cat Sitting Services

Metro Mutts co-owner Kelly Hartshorn in the window of their store. (Photo: Christine Rushton)

Metro Mutts will close its retail store at 508 H St. NE on May 14 after seven years, said co-owner Kelly Hartshorn. She, her husband co-owner Lee Hartshorn and co-owner Anna Lappas-Collins plan to focus their attention on their pet services including their dog walking and cat sitting services.

“It’s been an amazing experience for all of us,” Kelly Hartshorn said. “We were part of a great community, and we’re sad to go and sad to leave H Street. Hopefully on to new adventures.”

Many factors went into making the hard decision to close the retail operation, Hartshorn said. Their lease was ending; new competition opened in the area including the Petco Animal Supply at 625 H St. NE and the City Dogs store at 301 H St. NE; and sales are generally down. It didn’t make financial sense to stay open.

“It sure has been a roller coaster ride and we want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support over the years,” the Hartshorns and staff wrote on their website. “For without you, we couldn’t have made it this far!”

Toni Woods’ Spot on Training service will also expand from its current downstairs location and take over Metro Mutt’s first floor retail space. So, dog owners can expect more training sessions, more space and an improved training program.

Metro Mutts will stop offering the frequent buyer free bag of food this week, the week of April 17. After, they can’t guarantee stocked brands. Also, they encourage anyone with rewards coupons from their rewards program to redeem them before May 14 — they won’t transfer to the pet services.

The store started its clearance and closing sale on April 7, which will run until it closes on Mother’s Day. 

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