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Pet-supply store, eateries opening
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The facade of an old Shoney's Restaurant in Flemington has been stripped off in preparation for the May opening of a Panera Bread store. - photo by Photo by Randy C. Murray

PetSense opened for business in November. And though many local pet owners still are trekking to Savannah or Brunswick for their pet’s needs, manager Scott Leiter said area shoppers slowly are finding out that PetSense offers supplies, pet grooming, pet vaccinations, puppy kindergarten and obedience school. PetSense is in the Hinesville Square Shopping Center.
“We’re a full-line pet supply store,” Leiter said. “I have some supplies for small animals like birds, rabbits and guinea pigs. Mostly though, we provide supplies and services for dogs and cats.”
Leiter said his company, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., now has eight stores in Georgia and 21 stores nationwide. The closest store to this one is in Dublin, he said.
Pet supplies include not only food but also dog houses, pet carriers in various sizes, cages and bedding. The store’s “PetSchool,” which includes puppy kindergarten, teaches basic commands like “sit,” “down” and “stay.” The pups also learn to walk on a leash, come when called, crate training and housebreaking. Basic and intermediate obedience-training classes for dogs 5 months and older also are available.
“We are happy to be Hinesville’s source for quality pet supplies that can only be found in pet-specialty retailers,” said Mary Wentland, vice president of store operations.
President and CEO Bob Angstead said Hinesville was chosen for its new store because of its “robust retail market” and “heavy concentration of pet owners.”
Leiter said PetSense also works with rescue programs to provide homes for abandoned and abused animals. According to the company’s website, PetSense promotes responsible pet ownership through pet adoptions, community involvement and education. For more information about PetSense, call 320-4290.
In the same shopping center, another business soon will open its doors. Jimmy Shanken, realtor with Coldwell Bankers Holtzman, Realtors, said Wingstop is scheduled to open this month. Contractors currently working on the former Juan’s Mexicali building said the goal is to open the new Wingstop by March 25. According to its website, wings and seasoned fries at Wingstop are made fresh when they’re ordered.
Shanken, who also is an assistant broker and certified international-property specialist, handled Wingstop’s five-year lease agreement for franchise owner Rich Connolly Jr., and the sale of the old Shoney’s building in Flemington to Rich Connolly Sr., franchise owner of the new Panera Bread. Shanken said Panera Bread is scheduled to open in May.
With orange cones lining the curb for 100-plus feet, drivers cannot help but notice construction of a new building and parking lot across the street from Southern BBQ on Highway 84. That building will house Golden Corral, a Raleigh, N.C.-based chain of family steakhouses. The Hinesville inspections department said Tuesday they have not been contacted about a final inspection, saying a lot of work needs to be done.

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