Bentley’s Pet Stuff Expands with Acquisition of Illinois Pet Store
Bentley’s Pet Stuff has acquired Natural Pet
Market in Wheaton, Ill., from its founder,
“When I started Natural Pet Market 15
years ago in a 400-square-foot store space,
it was unique to have a health food store for
cats and dogs,” Werner said. “Folks would
travel from far away to get what they knew
as the best products and advice there was
in the area. Now, the market is changing.”
Werner attributes one of the main
reasons for the transition to the increased
demand in delivery service. Instead of
closing, Werner found the opportunity
to work with Bentley’s Pet Stuff, which
aligns with her own beliefs and commit-
ment, Werner said.
Werner will continue to hold a pres-
ence in Wheaton, but now as the director
of training for Bentley’s Pet Stuff. With the
acquisition, the retailer now has more than
85 stores across 11 U.S. states.
“Werner’s experience and passion will
help train more than 400 employees and
educate thousands of pet owners,” said
Lisa Senafe, co-founder of Bentley’s Pet
Stuff. “We are looking forward to hosting
great events in Wheaton and continuing
to help the community in the western
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