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Pet Supplies Plus leaving Sterling; opening next month in Dixon

STERLING – Pet Supplies Plus is coming. And going.

The store in Northland Mall, 2900 East Lincolnway, will close at 6 p.m. June 8.

The new store previously announced for the County Market/Shopko shopping center in the 1300 block of North Galena Avenue in Dixon will open June 11.

Parent company Quincy-based Niemann Foods also owns County Market and Save-A-Lot, and traditionally, it likes to have those stores near one another, Gerry Kettler, Niemann’s director of consumer affairs, said in an interview Thursday.

“We thought long and hard about [relocating to Dixon],” Kettler said. “I think a lot of the customers will follow us.”

At 6,000 square feet, the new space immediately south of County Market, once occupied by Dollar Video, is smaller than the 11,500-square-foot shop that opened in May 2010 at the mall. It still will employ 10 to 15 full- and part-time workers, though, Kettler said.

And no one will be out of a job. All but one Sterling employee will transfer to the Dixon shop, which is about 11 miles away. The worker who is not moving with the pet store will be picked up by County Market in Sterling, Kettler said.

In addition to food, cages, accessories and the like, Pet Supplies Plus also sells fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds.

Several calls to the Northland Mall office to find out if there are plans for the empty space went unanswered Thursday.

Pet Supplies Plus is the second store to leave the mall and head to Dixon.

Hibbett Sporting Goods opened a store in the Walmart Supercenter plaza in Dixon in September, then closed its Northland store in February.

Dunham’s Sports, a national sporting goods chain, is moving into the mall, as is Rue 21, a clothing store. Both are expected to open in late summer or early fall.

Kirlin’s Hallmark, one of the mall’s original tenants, also closed in February. Its parent company, Quincy-based Kirlin’s Inc., also shut down stores in Elk Grove and Akron, Ohio.

Accents, a local gift shop, is for sale and will close early next year if a buyer cannot be found, retiring owner Margaret Zumdahl has said.

Opening soon

Pet Supplies Plus will open June 11 at 1368 N. Galena Ave. It will sell brand name and specialty feeding products, along with a full assortment of supplies and toys. There will be a fish, bird and small animal section as well.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Go to to apply for a job or for more information.

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