Petco eliminating nearly 300 jobs in northern Wisconsin


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    RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- Petco Animal Supplies Stores is shuttering its Drs. Foster and Smith operations, eliminating 289 jobs at the online business based in Rhinelander.

    California-based Petco says the operations, with the exception of Live Aquaria, will shut down during a two-week period starting March 10.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Petco says since it acquired Drs. Fosters and Smith in 2015, the pet supplies industry has changed at a rapid pace.

    The company says in a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that the closure will enable it to streamline operations and better focus on its core customer base.

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