Pet hospital opening, two pet stores closing in Central Austin

A pet hospital chain opened a new location downtown. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
A pet hospital chain opened a new location downtown. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

A pet hospital chain opened a new location downtown. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

Central Austin is gaining a pet hospital, while pet stores east and north of downtown closed in recent months.

1. Banfield Pet Hospital opened a new location at 1211 E. Fifth St., Ste. 140, Austin, near Plaza Saltillo in late December. The nationwide pet hospital chain has several Austin locations, including 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. and 9300 S. I-35, Austin. It was founded in Portland, Oregon, and has more than 1,000 locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to its website.


2. North Austin pet store P&F Pet Provisions, formerly Phydeaux and Friends Pet Provisions, closed Jan. 2. The announcement cited the pandemic as a reason for the store’s closing. The pet store, located at 7816 Burnet Road, Austin, offered products for cats, dogs, chickens and other animals. The store celebrated its fifth anniversary in March.

3. The pet shop Prime Pet at 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St., Ste. 102, Austin, closed Oct. 31. According to a company spokesperson, the business shut down due to “challenges presented by COVID[-19] and market conditions.” The business opened its East Cesar Chavez location in March 2020 after leaving its East Sixth Street location in 2019.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.