In the middle of Winter Storm Orlena, Fur Baby Pet Resort staff worked to move and set up inventory, pet needs and more from their location next to Arena’s to their new location in Mispillion Gateway. Owner Sherry Shupe and her husband, Representative Bryan Shupe, purchased the former GROWMARK FS truck shop located at 301 Northeast Front Street in partnership with Jeff Bowers of Bowers Group, transforming it into the new pet store, daycare and hotel. One end of the building is used for Fur Baby while the other end will house other businesses, including a car detailing company.
“We have doubled the size of our location from where we were before,” Mrs. Shupe said. “Our playroom is triple the size and we have a larger outdoor area for the dogs to play. We have expanded our overnight hotel, added luxury cat rooms and expanded our natural food options. We have also expanded our grooming area. We have extra tubs, including larger ones for big dogs and we have a new groomer coming on board as well.”
Mrs. Shupe stated that the old GROMARK FS building checked off all the boxes they needed for an expanded store. This is the fourth time the business has expanded since opening in 2011.
“We knew we wanted to stay in Milford,” Mrs. Shupe said. “When we began looking for a larger space, the empty GROWMARK building just seemed perfect. Bryan and I love finding old buildings and saw this one that needed someone to make it beautiful. We reached out to GROWMARK and were able to workout a deal that was beneficial for both of us.”
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the move to the new building by about a year, Mrs. Shupe stated. She explained that getting construction materials, limited numbers of construction crews allowed in the building at one time and even getting their own inventory delivered caused delays in completing the project. However, the wait was worth it, even for the dogs who frequent the hotel and daycare facilities.
“The dogs are so happy,” Mrs. Shupe said. “They are hesitant at first, but then they see all their friends there and our team in the building and they relax. Dogs live in the moment, so they adapt well to change in most cases. So many parents are telling us that the dogs are really enjoying the new space. They are coming home even more tired than they were before.”
To learn more about the services offered by Fur Baby, visit their website at https://www.furbabypetresort.com or give them a call at 302-725-5078. They also offer an online store as well as curbside pickup. Fur Baby is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.