Store of the Month – September 2020

The Ark Pet Shop

2400 W Lincoln Highway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Store Hours:
Monday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm


Our Store of the Month for September is The Ark Pet Shop in Merrillville, IN! This “mom and pop” shop is literally owned by a mom (Sharon) and pop (Tom) and all 5 of their kids have taken an active role in the business over the last 40 years it’s been in open.

While in high school Tom got into the pet hobby through fish, and over time his passion for aquariums developed into a desire to work at a pet store. Unfortunately, his local fish specialty store only had a volunteer position open. Over time this volunteering turned into employment, and eventually employment turned into ownership. This store even helped him find love, as this is where he met his now wife Sharon.

When Tom and Sharon’s success as owners took off, they moved locations and opened a full line store that would meet the needs of all of their customers.

Despite expanding, their quality of service has not waned. Each of their employees gets to embrace their passion (like Tom originally did) and specialize in the animals they love.  This allows them to not only give their customers top notch customer service, but also allows them to set up high quality enclosures, and choose from amazing animals. So whether you are into reptiles, freshwater fish, saltwater fish, small animals, birds, or dogs and cats, they have an employee to help you through your animal journey.

When you visit the store you may be greeted by their store Macaw, Dozie. Other store pets include their living reef, tide pool, freshwater stingrays, and Paludarium occupants

Besides running the pet store Tom is also a chemistry professor at a local university, and he and Sharon enjoy traveling with their family and spending time with their grandkids.