Grrrr! Local Pet Spa's Call to Arms Has Petsmart Chain Licking its Chops for Battle


The Internets are abuzz over a St. Louis pet spa owner's call to arms via social media.

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Yesterday a little after two o'clock, Mark Langevin, a co-owner of A Walk in the Park Grooming, a new pet boutique in Tower Grove South, asked patrons and friends to rally up against PetSmart for serving A Walk in the Park with a lawsuit at its grand opening party on November 8.

Langevin said PetSmart was suing him and his partner, Chris Lee, over a non-compete that Lee had signed as an employee of PetSmart between 2002 and 2008.

"A protracted legal battle may have the very impact that PetSmart desires," Langevin wrote in his missive. "Conceivably, the costs associated with this could drive us out of business. Although we are prepared to do what we must, we believe that there is another way to stop this whole thing. We must bring pressure to bear on PetSmart in order to convince them to withdraw this suit. In order to accomplish this, we must have community support."

He went on:

We are asking you, our neighbors to speak up with your voices, your letters, your phone calls, your internet postings and blogs, and most of all with careful consideration about where you spend your dollars. I am including the names and numbers of PetSmart executives that we believe to be involved in this lawsuit, as well as the mailing address of PetSmart's Corporate Offices. Also included is PetSmarts corporate "800" Customer Comment line. Please contact these individuals and make your thoughts and feelings known to them. Next, please spread the word. Talk to friends and pet owners. Mobilize your friends on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or your favorite local blog. Hopefully, with enough support, PetSmart may come to feel that it is shooting itself in the foot and that this proud community which has worked so hard to make our neighborhood what it is will not tolerate this kind of stuff.

The letter was posted on several community websites including A Walk in the Park's and caught the attention of PetSmart pretty quickly. Langevin said he got a call from his attorney a little after five o'clock yesterday. "[PetSmart] wanted it down [from the website]," he tells Daily RFT

The letter is still available for viewing at Langevin said he agreed to take it down from the spa's website and said his attorney is working on negotiating with PetSmart.

He's been advised not to say anything further at this point. "I have lots of four-letter expletives, but if this can all just be laid to rest so we can go about earning our living in peace, I will be more than happy to shut my mouth forever," Langevin says. "If not, I will be more than happy to shout the whole story."


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