Bentley's Pet Stuff Reportedly Closes Ohio and Indiana Stores
It is being reported that Bentley's Pet Stuff has closed all of its stores in Indiana and Ohio, where it operated seven and six locations, respectively.
Several media outlets first picked up the story based on a post on the Facebook page of a Bentley's store located in Cincinnati. That post indicated that all of the store closings took place on March 10.
A subsequent report from Fox 55 in Fort Wayne, Ind., showed that signage on the front door of at least one Bentley's locations apparently confirmed the store closings. The Fox 55 report went on to say that an unnamed former employee alleged that the store closings were the result of a lawsuit that investor David Levy filed against celebrity entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, who featured Bentley's Pet Stuff on his CNBC show The Profit in 2015.
UPDATE: After this item was published, David Levy's counsel—Josh Kurtzman of Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP—provided Pet Business with Levy's amended complaint, which provides no reason to believe that the lawsuit has any relevance to the reported store closings.
Pet Business has been unable to independently confirm the store closings with Bentley's Pet Stuff. More details will follow as this story develops.