On Feb. 28, PetSmart announced they will be closing the 180 State Line Tack departments inside their stores. The announcement came after their fourth quarter earnings call, in an effort to focus more on products and services for dogs, cats, birds and critters.
In their announcement, PetSmart states:
The equine business is much different from our core pet product and services business and we are not organized to focus on it. We’ve concluded that exiting State Line Tack and focusing solely on our core pet product and services is the best thing for our business.
State Line Tack first opened as a retail outlet in 1980. It quickly became a leading worldwide catalog operator, specializing in discount brand-name tack, riding apparel and equine supplies. PetSmart acquired State Line Tack in January of 1996.
In addition to State Line Tack, PetSmart will also be closing their warehouse in Brockport, N.Y., which houses their equine merchandise.
The company is currently evaluating strategic alternatives for its equine catalog and e-commerce business, including all the inventory, the State Line Tack brand name, website and the customer contact lists, as well as the facility and store in Brockport.