Pet shop

Edinburgh residents frightened by ‘time capsule’ pet store that closed 13 years ago

An Edinburgh pet store in Leith, which closed more than a decade ago, is invading the premises after the interior remains completely unchanged.

“Pet & Things,” on Duke Street, closed in 2008, but a recent social media post got people talking again.

The store has shutters on the main entrance and the window, without any sign of life. However, the store’s original sign, which features the name and two colorful parrots, remains completely intact.

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There appears a thin space in the shutter and looking inside it is dark and creepy, but there seems to be a lot of storage boxes on the shelves.

Due to the store being closed for so many years, some residents said they found it strange that no one ever bought it back and is starting from scratch. There does not appear to be any “for sale” signs outside the store and maybe there never were.

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The comments in the original reddit post are full of speculation. One user said: “There was a note on the storefront a few years ago explaining that the store was no longer worth running due to the streetcar works and that they were going to focus on their other pet store.”

Another user shares similar thoughts, saying, “The store is apparently used for storage as the business is now operating online.”

A similar Facebook post, however, appears to confirm that the woman who owned ‘Pets & Things’ opened a new store on Great Junction Street and therefore had to close the store, suggesting it may still be used for old stock and storage.

But they no longer have to wonder, as the owner confirmed to Edinburgh Live that since the business closed in 2008, she has been using the premises for storage.

She also confirmed that the store is expected to hit the market in the coming weeks.