Checkerhills Farm in the City of Plattsburgh has closed.

"We found it was harder and harder to make a profit in the pet-food industry," co-owner Matt Sames said.

The Redemption Center remains open in the northern end of the property, which has been subdivided.

"We decided to focus on what was profitable," Sames said.

He and his partners, Dr. Thomas Brown and Bill Davis, were classmates at Plattsburgh High School. They opened Checkerhills Farm in the former Agway building on Boynton Avenue in early 2009.

The building became available after the Plattsburgh Agway location closed in 2008.

It offered brand-name and organic holistic pet foods, as well as feed and supplies for horses, wild birds and other outdoor animals, such as chickens, ducks, pigs and goats.

The building housed a self-serve dog-washing station, with tubs, towels, soap and dryers available.

There was also an indoor farmers market, with locally grown fresh produce and more.

The complex included Farmer Brown's Cafe, which featured locally roasted coffees, bakery items and sandwiches.

Sames said the southern portion of the building is available for lease or sale.

Much of the space was renovated before the businesses opened and remains in good shape, particularly the cafe portion, he said.

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