John's Variety and Pets store announces closing

By Blaze Fugina Community Editor

After originally announcing a relocation effort, the owner of John’s Variety and Pets has now announced that his business be closing its doors in 60 days.

John Royer, who has owned the Commerce Boulevard business for almost 40 years, said that his efforts to find a new location in Mound did not pan out.

"Things just didn’t work out for us in Mound to move," he said. "We’re sorry to do this to the community."

Even though they will effectively go out of business after 60 days, Royer mentioned that the business is still looking for location options, and they could be just going "out of business temporarily." He said that if they do decide to reopen, the Mound area is the only place he said he would consider because the people have been so great to him during his time in business.

"We’re very grateful for their business in the past 39 years," he said. "Without them we wouldn’t have been here for the past 39 years."

The location that currently houses Royer’s variety store was sold to make way for Semper Development’s Walgreens relocation plan to the corner of Commerce and Lynwood Boulevards. Currently Walgreens is located in the Commerce Place Shopping Center off Shoreline Drive in Mound.

Before plans were made, the corner housed John’s Variety and Pets, Mama’s Happy and a 15-unit apartment building. It was announced in late January that all of the property owners had decided to sell.

John’s Variety and Pets was previously a Ben Franklin franchise store before Royer bought the location in 1973.

The Walgreens project moved through its final phase of resolutions from the Mound City Council on May 29.