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Critter Cabana weeks from reopening

After a few construction delays, popular pet shop plans to return home in December


It’s been almost a year since a fire destroyed Critter Cabana and forced the owners to open a temporary location at 105 N. Main St. while their 516 E. First St. location was rebuilt. Brittani Johnson, owner, said the original target open date was late October or early November, but due to construction, design and insurance issues, that date has been pushed back to December.

“We are expecting to begin the move-in process in mid-November,” Johnson said.

She said the building had undergone extensive restructuring, starting from the bare bones.

“The entire interior of the building was gutted aside from structural supports. The plaster walls, stairs, balconies and display windows remained after they were finished clearing everything out, otherwise it was bare bones,” she said in an email. “Everything will be fresh from the flooring up to the HVAC unit in the rafters. The store will have a fresh look and layout, but the heart and mission of Critter Cabana will be the same: bringing pets and people together for the benefit of both.”

She said a positive outcome from the fire is that they were able to expand the store.

“We will be adding 1,600 square feet through the addition of the second balcony,” Johnson said. “First Street Yoga studio used to meet in that space.”

She said the yoga studio is temporarily meeting in Sherwood until their Newberg location renovations are complete.

The shop has been utilizing social media, posting updates on their Facebook page showing customers their progress. And also to ask for help.

“Volunteers have not been put to work yet, but during the extensive move-in period we are hoping to utilize their generous offers of help,” she said. “The custom animal units take several days each to install, not including the aquarium system install, which will take two to three weeks. Our state-of-the-art fire & flood alert and monitoring system will begin installation in November and will be rolling by opening day.”

For more information on the renovation progress, visit www.crittercabana.com or www.facebook.com/crittercabana.



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