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NORMAL — Normal now has a pet store of its own.

Pet Supplies Plus opened this month at 1920 Bradford Lane, in north Normal's Constitution Trail Centre, as an alternative to pet stores like Petco and PetSmart that's also closer to town residents, said owner Yonas Hagos.

"Business has been good so far. Our neighbors here in Normal have really appreciated how clean the store is and the variety of food we have," he said. “Pet Supplies Plus is a big company, but we want it to feel like a mom and pop store where people know us on a first-name basis.”

The chain has more than 300 stores, including in Champaign, Pekin, Springfield and Danville. The Normal store offers not only pets, including adoptable cats and purchasable birds, fish and reptiles, but also supplies, grooming services, pet-washing stations and monthly veterinary clinics.

The store will hold a grand opening celebration May 5 and 6. Customers that weekend can win a year's worth of pet food and $50 gift cards, get a free small bag of dog or cat food and bring their dogs for free nail trims.

"We know that shopping center needs something like this and we’ll do well,” said Hagos.

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