TailsSpin, a pet food store in downtown Macon, closes

TailsSpin, the Savannah-based pet food and accessories store, has closed after struggling to make the business work in downtown Macon.

The Mulberry Street business nearly closed in December 2013, but after the owners met with their landlord, they decided to keep the store open.

“We are going to try to make this work, and so we want to stay,” co-owner Jusak Yang Bernard said at the time.

Bernard said in an email late Friday that he did not want to comment.

Josh Rogers, the CEO of NewTown Macon, said Friday that the business closed the first of the month.

“I met with them a year ago and sales just weren’t increasing fast enough for them to be able to maintain a storefront downtown,” Rogers said. “Their plan at the time was to hold out as long as they could.”

Downtown is a great place to try out a new idea, and “some of them work and some of them don’t,” he said.

“I think TailsSpin ran a great business. ... It just turned out that the amount of business they could capture wasn’t quite enough to make it right now. ... I hate to lose them.”

At the rate that people are moving downtown, the business would probably do better in a couple of years.

“So unfortunately, part of it was the timing,” he said.

In January 2012, TailSpin beat out 15 other finalists to win a $50,000 contest to help it launch the business here. Part of the prize was free rent for a year.

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