A long-vacant former White Hen Pantry convenience mart will soon be transformed into an organic pet food outlet.
Oak Park Natural Pet & Fish will open by the end of this month at 23 Harlem, just north of Madison.
The store will mostly focus on fish, along with cat and dog foods made from natural ingredients, said manager Scott Arient.
For 20 years, Arient ran a pet store in Westchester, before selling it a couple of years ago. He’s helping one of his former employees, Lemont resident Gintaras Kilikevicius, to tackle the new venture.
Arient believes there’s a lack of pet shops in the area, especially those who deal in saltwater fish — and they’ll fill that need by offering everything from clown fish to live coral, he said. Oak Park Natural Pet & Fish will also deliver dog and cat food, and make home visits to help people manage their aquariums.