Roanoke's Only Exotic Pet Store

Pet store chain  filed a permit to build a new store at Towne Square Shopping Center in Roanoke.
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Fromm Family Foods artisan pet food and treats are sold through the following independent and locally owned pet supply stores in Roanoke, Virginia.
Opening a pet store on Roanoke Avenue has been a goal for city native Stacey Harrell practically her entire life.
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Roanoke Rapids resident Stacey Harrell on Saturday morning shows off one of the snakes featured in her store. Top: A tegu lizard makes its way across the floor of S&L Pet Shop in Roanoke Rapids. The store is Petco's first location in the Roanoke and New River valleys. The retailer has more than 1,000 stores nationwide.
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9/19/1969

ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF M. DAVID HOOPER TONIGHT IDENTIFIED A WOMAN WHO WAS FOUND STABBED TO DEATH TODAY AT A PET SHOP ON WILLIAMSON ROAD. THE VICTIM WAS THELMA LIPSCOMB LAM, ABOUT 30, OF THE 44-HUNDRED BLOCK OF GLENRIDGE ROAD, NORTHWEST COUNTY.

CHARGED IN THE DEATH IS: A 16-7R-OLD - WHITE MALE

THE WOMAN WAS STABBED SEVERAL TIMES IN THE NECK, AND WAS ALSO APPARENTLY BEATEN WITH A BLUNT INSTRUMENT. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT THE WET PET SHOP IN THE 48-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WILLIAMSON ROAD.

THE WOMANS BODY WAS FOUND IN A BEDROOM ON THE PET SHOP, WHERE IT HAD APPARENTLY BEEN DRAGGED FROM THE STORE AREA. THE BODY REPORTEDLY HAD BEEN BOUND AND GAGGED.

A RESIDENT DOWNSTAIRS SAID HE SAW A YOUNG MAN LEAVING RAPIDLY THRU THE LIVING QUARTERS DOWNSTAIRS AND ASKED THE YOUTH WHAT HE WAS DOING THERE. HE REPORTEDLY REPLIED--NOTHING--AND LEFT CASUALLY.

7/16/1970
Paul edward Patterson became the tenth man on death row at he virginia State Penitentiary in richmond today. He left Roanoke in the custody of City Sergeant Kemit Allman about 10 Oclock this morning, chained to another prisoner, Raymond Muse, who was being returned to the pan after a habeas corpus hearing. Patterson flanked by Allman on his left and Muse and a deputy city sergeant, emerged from the municipal building wearing a broad smile. He continued to smile all the way to Allmans car and nodded to reporters as the car began to move away. Patterson was convicted June 13th of the murder of Mrs. Thelma Lipscomb lam, and sentenced to die in the electric chair.
Upon arrival at the penitentiary, Patterson was taken to death row, where he joined nine other men awaiting the electric chair, among them, Frank Jimmy Snider, convicted 13 years ago of a rape in Roanoke.Nelson, of Roanoke, was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty, 15 counts of failure of a dealer or pet store to provide adequate care, five counts of improper disposal of a deceased animal, three counts of not providing rabies shots for dogs, three counts of not having a license for dogs and two counts of dogs running at large, according to the release.Construction is under way at Great Falls Plaza in Roanoke Rapids as preparations are made to welcome a new national pet supply store to the building that once housed BlockbusterThis would be be the second PetCo in the Roanoke Valley. There is one at Towers Shopping Center already. PetCo has more than 1,400 stores in the world, according to the company's website. The traditional stores average 14,000 square feet and sell all types of pet-related products for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other small animals that one would have as a pet. Typically, there is also a grooming service.