store: Russo's Spectrum Pets in Irvine.

Aug 16, 2011 - The pet store chain also has a store in the Irvine Spectrum
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Further, DiGiacomo maintains he only gets pets from licensed breeders and kennels that he has personally visited, and that veterinarians examine his pets weekly. His arguments did not sway the Irvine Co. and Irvine City Council when it came to saving his Irvine Spectrum store, however.
Puppies at Russo's Spectrum Pets, the last pet store in Irvine, await sale or transfer to the owner's Newport Beach pet store Wednesday.
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The Irvine Company’s decision will affect Russo’s Pet Experience, which has been a tenant of Fashion Island since the late 1960s. The pet store chain also has a store in the Irvine Spectrum. Puppies at Russo's Spectrum Pets, the last pet store in Irvine, await sale or transfer to the owner's Newport Beach pet store Wednesday.
Photo provided by FlickrPuppies at Russo's Spectrum Pets, the last pet store in Irvine, await sale or transfer to the owner's Newport Beach pet store Wednesday.
Photo provided by FlickrPuppies at Russo's Spectrum Pets, the last pet store in Irvine, await sale or transfer to the owner's Newport Beach pet store Wednesday.
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Further, DiGiacomo maintains he only gets pets from licensed breeders and kennels that he has personally visited, and that veterinarians examine his pets weekly. His arguments did not sway the Irvine Co. and Irvine City Council when it came to saving his Irvine Spectrum store, however.DiGiacomo opened his Irvine store about 10 years ago. It was his second Russo’s Pets Experience location—the first was established decades earlier in Newport Beach, Calif. For years, it was fulfilling its promise as a traffic builder at the Irvine Spectrum Center Mall. So, when the city passed the ordinance banning dog and cat sales, the mall’s management asked DiGiacomo to stay on board as a supplies-only store, but he quickly determined that the conversion was unlikely to work.One pet store in the area sells cats and dogs, Russo's Spectrum Pets in the Irvine Spectrum. The city is considering allowing the store to continue selling animals until its lease runs out, according to the Pilot.The Spectrum is like a step up from The District in Irvine in terms of shopping. The H & M is a pretty good size, but the Forever 21 should be avoided if you can go to Fashion Island or South Coast. I love the crepe place and that it is a more kid friendly mall than Fashion Island. My son loves the pet store there where you can get a little space to play with a puppy for a short while.The Spectrum is like a step up from The District in Irvine in terms of shopping. The H & M is a pretty good size, but the Forever 21 should be avoided if you can go to Fashion Island or South Coast. I love the crepe place and that it is a more kid friendly mall than Fashion Island. My son loves the pet store there where you can get a little space to play with a puppy for a short while.Dan DiGiacomo, owner of Russo's Spectrum Pets, stands outside his retail space in Irvine Wednesday. He's closing the doors and relocating the stock to his Newport Beach location. Russo's Spectrum Pets is the last pet store selling pets in Irvine. The city passed an ordinance last year banning pet stores, and the Irvine Co. (which owns Fashion Island in Newport Beach, The Market Place in Irvine and Tustin and Irvine Spectrum Center) said last year it would no longer lease new space to retailers selling pets. An enlarged version of the letter he received from the city informing him that his business was no longer welcome hangs in the window.