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Andy’s Pet Shop makes another move in San Jose

Drivers headed through downtown San Jose to Highway 87 may have noticed something alarming recently: Andy’s Pet Shop on Notre Dame Avenue is locked up and emptied out.

Fear not, though, as the beloved institution, which first opened on The Alameda in 1950, has simply changed locations again after about a decade downtown. Known for its iconic neon sign featuring a red-yellow-and-blue macaw, Andy’s has left its roost at 51 Notre Dame Ave.– slated to become a mixed-use tower project called the Carlysle — and landed at 429 South Bascom Ave., near West San Carlos Street.

Lissa Shoun and her husband, Eric Bong, took over Andy’s in 2007 and moved it from its original home on The Alameda in 2010 after a disastrous financial year during the Great Recession. Fans followed the shop for pet supplies and treats, and in recent years it also had become a reliable pet rescue adoption center.

The small storefront on Bascom Avenue — between a medical supply company and Tip Top Liquors — is considered a short-term home while funds are raised for a larger space that can accommodate the adoption center.

Wherever Andy’s ends up, let’s hope there’s space to reinstall the classic sign, too.

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The 60-minute concert is free, but social distancing is being ensured by limited attendance to 300 people, who are required to wear masks. You can reserve a ticket at For those who can’t make it in person or prefer to watch from an even greater distance, the concert also will be livestreamed at

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