Pet grooming

Queens attorney Gerard Marrone embarks on pet grooming amid COVID court shutdown

QUEENS, New York (WABC) – A Queens criminal defense attorney entered the pet grooming business after his law firm was forced to close in March due to the coronavirus.

“It has gone from a busy lawyer to next to nothing,” said Gerard Marrone, a father of three. “I had no way of making a living at all.”

Marrone, who acquired an animal hospital in Astoria in September 2019, bought three pet grooming businesses that were closed last spring.

“I had this little little glimmer of hope, this little opportunity,” he said.

He then bought four more pet spas.

The seven companies are located in Huntington, Syosset, Bethpage, Port Washington, Wantagh, New Hyde Park and Howard Beach. Eventually, they will all operate under the name Lucky Paws Pet Grooming.

Marrone hopes to open another site in Massapequa next month.

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According to global market researchers, the pet grooming industry is expected to experience market growth over the next five years. Part of the growth is likely due to the rise in pet adoptions during the pandemic.

Marrone, of South Huntington, said her seven pet spas groom between 7,000 and 8,000 dogs each month and have generated more than $ 1 million in revenue since last April. It has nearly 50 employees.

“Caring for people’s pets is something that survives, you know, through tough times,” said Seann Sackett, COO of Lucky Paw. Sackett has been in the grooming industry for 20 years.

Marrone continues to operate his law firm in Howard Beach, but takes on fewer clients so he can focus on expanding his pet grooming business.

He said he was fortunate to have a great team of workers in his pet spas.

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