Pleasanton Weekly

- September 30, 2011

Murphy's Paw to reopen under new management

Name to remain, some merchandise will change

by Jeb Bing

The long-time owners of Murphy's Paw will hold a "Goodbye" reception starting at 6 p.m. tonight at the popular pet store at 410 Main St.

Melanie and Mike Sadek sold the business to Dean and Annamarie Mancini earlier this month and will turn the keys over to the new owners tomorrow. The Mancinis plan to keep the name of the store although they will change some of the merchandise.

"It's heartbreaking," said Melanie Sadek, who recently was hired as executive director of the Valley Human Society. "But it's been a good run and we have many Pleasanton friends as a result."

With her new full-time job and with like Sadek now working full time at Workday, the couple found the economy too tough to employ salaried personnel to manage the store and keep it open seven days a week, which Melanie said is required these days.

Tonight's reception, which will end at 9 p.m., will give customers a chance to say goodbye to the Sadeks as well as welcome the Mancinis.

Melanie Sadek said she will continue serving as a board member of the Pleasanton Downtown Association through the end of the year, and then plans to join the organization as an auxiliary member since Valley Humane Society, located on Nevada Street, is not a downtown business.

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