I did a story today over on my blog at Patheos.com about Macerich malls banning the sale of live animals at more than 70 of their retail properties nationwide.
In 2005, Macerich purchased Wilmorite, which owns Eastview Mall, Marketplace Mall, the Mall at Greece Ridge and Pittsford Plaza. So how does that new policy affect Rochester’s malls?
I talked to Mike Wilmot, general manager for Marketplace Mall and Pittsford Plaza. He explained that Wilmorite bought back their Rochester properties a few years ago, so the new policy at Macerich doesn’t affect any of the Rochester properties.
Wilmot told me that while there used to be a pet store in Eastview (he said ”that guy was a disaster”) the only pet store in a Wilmorite property is Robin’s Pet Corner, in Marketplace Mall. She’s been there since 2001 and Wilmot says she does a good job and they’ve had no complaints. “She hates puppy mills” he added.
There was no answer when I called the pet shop this afternoon, but on the website for Robin’s Pet Corner, Robin writes, “We specialize in locally Bred small breed Puppies. We buy all of our puppies from local Breeders, not puppy mills. I personally inspect the condition of each puppy to ensure our customers the healthiest new addition to their family.”
You can read more about the new Macerich policy on the Heavenly Creatures blog at Patheos.com.