After a decade of taking care of dogs while their owners couldn't, Hampton Pet Club closed up shop.
Todd Lester and Jason Neimark, who owned the pet boarding and day care business, said they were forced to vacate the space at 1070 Montauk Highway in Water Mill at the end of September after their lease was not renewed.
"We would like to thank our loyal clientele and canine companions for their many years of patronage and support; all of which helped the Hampton Pet Club become a great place for dogs," the owners wrote on their website. "The relationships formed and memories created will be treasured."
They are exploring their options — opening elsewhere, selling their 600 to 700-person client list or acting as a consultant for a new business owner, Lester said. Neimark said he will turn his full attention to the Pet Adoption World Television (PAW TV), an in-store TV network dedicated to finding homes for homeless pets.
Meanwhile, Hampton Pet Club's closure leaves a service void in the area. While veterinary offices offer boarding services, there is no other business that offers accommodations like Hampton Pet Club did. The owners converted the house, located between Water Mill Lumber and Ethan Allen, into a 1,700-square-foot boarding facility, including a large common space, plus a fenced-in outdoor space to run around in."We had clients from all over the tri-state area, weekenders, year rounders, people working three jobs to survive in the Hamptons. It as a great cross section of clients. Dogs are the great common denominator," Lester said.
"I'm so proud of what we built," Neimark said. He's worked as a dog trainer for more than 20 years, and said he saw a need in the community. "There are so many people who do what we do illegitimately — underground let's call it. There's so many pet sitters out there," he said.
"There isn't any other place like this," Lester said. "We do hope it continues as a place that can serve the dogs of the East End in someway. We really do."
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