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Wylie Wagg to the Rescue for a.k.a. spot Loyalists

by ARLnow.com April 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm 2,731 7 Comments

Last month came the sad news for local pet owners: a.k.a. spot (2509 North Franklin Road) was closing. The off-the-beaten-path Clarendon pet store had a loyal following that immediately began mourning the loss of a true Arlington original.

The circumstances were even more somber. Lucy McCausland, the owner of a.k.a. spot, was moving to Florida to be closer to her family following the passing of her mother. After some soul-searching, she had decided that traveling back and forth between Florida and Arlington would not be feasible.

But last night McCausland made the bittersweet announcement. While a.k.a. spot was closing, its legacy of promoting pet wellness would be preserved.

Thanks to the intervention of one of a.k.a. spot’s vendors, another local pet retailer, Wylie Wagg, will take the store over, possibly as soon as mid-May.

In an email, Wylie Wagg co-owner Laura Clark said she and her husband, Larry, are excited that Clarendon will now be the location for their fourth store.

We feel very, very fortunate to be able to continue offering the kind of great service and products that Spot has offered for years. We were drawn to the opportunity because we so deeply respect what Spot has done for the community. Following Spot’s success and earning the trust and loyalty of their customers will be a very tall order and we’re committed to making sure that we honor the high standards they have set.

Additionally, we are dedicated to supporting animal rescue and will continue Spot’s tradition of working with adoption groups.

On a personal note, I used to live in Clarendon and absolutely loved being part of the neighborhood. When I had to leave because of a job relocation, it was very sad for me. I’m so happy that we’re opening Wylie Wagg in one of my very favorite places! This is so exciting for us!

  • Tom

    Thank you Lucy, for providing a wonderful service and being a great neighbor. I hope the staff from aka Spot stays on with the new place as they are a great bunch of animal lovers.

    • Hi Tom,

      We are very much looking forward to working with the staff at Spot. They are a fantastic group of people and it looks like they will be staying on with Wylie Wagg — we’re thrilled!


  • ACE

    VERY MUCH looking forward to this!!!

  • Ric Burnam

    HooRay for WYLIE WAGG to the Rescue! Couldn’t be a better replacement for a.k.a. SPOT! My 2 pups can’t wait to visit Wylie in Arlington. Laura, they are thrilled you are there too!


    • Hi Ric,

      Thanks for the support! So good to hear from you!


  • What great news! I do hope that my Frenchie’s U.S. Grains food remains a staple product when the shop changes hands. We’ll miss Spot, but it’s great to hear that the staff is staying on.

    • Hi Stacey,

      We’ll do our very best to make sure that you and all customers can continue to get their favorite pet food brands!



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