SPCA Boutique, Pet Adoption Center at Lakeside Village Losing its Free Rent – TheLedger.com

SPCA Florida is putting a positive spin on what amounts to a bit of bad news.

The Lakeland animal shelter and pet clinic is holding a moving sale at its satellite boutique and adoption center at Lakeside Village.

Only it has nowhere to go.

“We’re calling it a moving sale instead of a going-out-of- business sale,” said Patt Glenn, director of operations for the local SPCA, which has enjoyed free storefront space for four years at the popular, upscale South Lakeland shopping center.

A new tenant — the paying kind, not a charity — will move into the space at 1539 Town Center Drive by Aug. 27. Lakeside management did not immediately return messages requesting the name of the incoming tenant.

SPCA’s pet boutique must clear out by Wednesday.

To pare its retail stock of pet products, the agency is discounting everything by 30 percent. The store features the usual items — collars, leashes, cages, pull toys — but also some unusual things, such as a dog dish that freezes so your pooch’s food or water can stay cooler longer, and ball caps that light up for nighttime walks.

The boutique’s locale close to the shopping center’s movie complex gave SPCA the sort of exposure that money can’t buy, said Heidi Biedenkapp, manager of the pet store that opened in December 2008 in a Lakeside storefront different from its current location.

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