Freshpet offers new petfood, treats at pet specialty stores

Freshpet - 10.11.2011 - More Options at Pet Specialty Stores
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Despite rising competition from seemingly every direction as players from other retail channels—including the Internet—try to capture a piece of the lucrative pet care market, pet chains have been able to effectively leverage their unique competitive strengths to continue growing year after year. Whether it’s access to brands and products that simply cannot be found in grocery and mass outlets, or the ability to deliver an unmatched level of customer service that cannot be duplicated by web-based retailers, pet specialty chains still have a clear edge in engaging pet owners.
A Ligonier couple is opening a specialty pet store so their son with special needs with have a place to work.
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He works as Wondercide's Pet Specialty Sales Manager, helping to bring Wondercide's line of holistic pet products into more independent retail stores so customers can get the products they need, right when they need them most. There are so many great Cape Cod Pet Specialty stores to choose from. Here are a few of my favourite pet stores:
Photo provided by FlickrRefrigerated petfood maker  introduced five meals and treats for pets, available in Freshpet refrigerators at pet specialty stores.
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The statistic displays the leading pet specialty chains in North America in 2015, based on the number of stores. In that year, San Diego-based PETCO operated 1,433 stores in North America. The total number of pet specialty stores amounted to 5,553.
Pet specialty stores, especially high-quality independent pet stores, are growing increasingly more popular. Pet parents know that businesses that specialize in pet products are the most likely places to find the best foods, toys, and supplies for their animals. As a veteran of the independent pet retail industry, I’ve just about seen it all – and that said, here are the five most commonly asked questions people ask:
Pet specialty chains

The pet store industry continues to grow in spite of increased competition from supermarkets, mass merchandisers and online retailers which offer consumers more convenience at lower prices. In 2016, the generated roughly 18.53 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.

PetSmart was the largest pet store chain for specialty pet supplies in 2016, with a total of 1,500 stores in North America. The company also provides a variety of animals for sale and adoption, such as birds, fish and reptiles. Pet grooming services, dog training, and pet hotel and day care facilities are part of the company’s growing portfolio. Moreover, PetSmart employs approximately 53,000 associates and has store operations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

PetSmart and PETCO were the largest pet store chains in the United States, in 2016. U.S. branches of and experienced a constant increase in annual revenue over a six-year period.

Fourth-place Pet Supplies Plus had about 375 store operations in the North American region in 2016. This franchise business sets itself apart by offering all-natural food products.

3. Can you recommend a good…? Veterinarian? Groomer? Pet Hotel? Trainer? Dog Walker? Pet specialty stores are a perfect place to ask about related pet professionals and services. Most independent stores will keep the business cards of people or services they recommend, or else employees may have had experiences with the kinds of businesses you’re interested in.2. Which food did I get last time? Many small pet specialty stores offer customer loyalty programs, and these can include helping you keep track of the foods you buy. If you have a hard time remembering what food your pet eats but don’t want to risk upset tummies due to a sudden switch, selecting a pet retailer who can help you keep track of your purchases is a great choice. Dogs and cats often benefit from rotating flavors (for example: beef one month, fish the next), but generally only when you’re sticking within the same brand for consistent quality, and comparable protein, fat, and carbohydrate levels.5. What’s the best product for…? Flea control? De-shedding? Deodorizing? The answer to the last one is easy (hint: It’s !). Just as with food, treats, and toys, pet specialty retailers hear all about what is (and isn’t) working for their customers. Best-selling items are usually best-sellers for a good reason; even if a product is cheaper than the competition, people tend not to repeatedly purchase items that don’t meet their expectations. Finding out what the store’s employees use, and what their customers rave about is the easiest way to determine if a product is likely to meet your needs.