Pigg’s Pets, 1710 W. Osage, is closing its doors after 18 years in business.

The last day of business will be the end of regular business hours Friday, Dec. 29.

Proprietor Mike Pigg said he will miss the field trip visits to the store by area students and his visits to schools. He said he’s closing the pet store to make way for progress.

He did not elaborate on future plans for the property.

As a pet store proprietor, Pigg has been a strong proponent of animals. He was instrumental in getting the Pacific Police Department canine patrol started.