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K&B Pets & Supplies to open soon in Massena

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MASSENA — Karl Antwine said he’s always wanted to own a pet store and, now that he’s retired, his dream is just weeks away from becoming a reality.

Mr. Antwine and his wife, Brenda, shared their plans for K&B Pets & Supplies with the village Planning Board this week. They were required to make an appearance before the board owing to a change of occupancy at the location. A restaurant opening in a former eatery, for example, would not need Planning Board approval.

Listing off animals people could find at their shop, Mr. Antwine said, “mice, hamsters, crickets, assorted fish, bearded dragons, lizards, snakes and assorted birds.”

“We’ll also have the supplies that go with the animals,” Mrs. Antwine said.

Once the store opens, it will give Massena a pet store for the first time in two years, since Chuck’s Pet Center closed in December 2010.

“I think this is the perfect opportunity,” Mr. Antwine said.

Since he began sharing his plans with friends and family, Mr. Antwine said, he’s received nothing but positive support.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that it was a great idea,” he said. “We really need a pet shop around here.”

Should things go well, Mrs. Antwine said, she could see the store expanding to include an even wider variety of pets and supplies.

The store, which will be at 56 Willow St., is expected to open Aug. 4.

Its hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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