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Pet Product News Unveils Retailer of the Year Award Winners


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Jennifer Boncy (left) and Lindsey Wojcik of Pet Product News magazine present the 2017-2018 Retailer of the Year Award to Mark Vitt of Mutts & Co., which has five locations in Ohio.

Competition for independent pet retailers is fiercer than ever. From the economy to big-box and mass competitors to more online retailers entering the space, independent pet stores have weathered many storms. Still, the country is chockfull of stores that are thriving and surviving in their markets.

With that in mind, Pet Product News (PPN) honored outstanding pet specialty retailers, groomers and service providers with its annual Retailer of the Year Awards during a ceremony at SuperZoo in Las Vegas on July 26. After combing through dozens of applications from retailers all across the U.S., PPN’s editors have selected one standout store as our Retailer of the Year: Mutts & Co., which has five stores in Ohio.

An additional 11 stores join Mutts & Co. as special honorees in this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards. These stores have snagged awards for their business achievements in a variety of categories.

In the coming months, PPN will feature profiles of the winners in each issue.

The winners are:

Retailer of the Year

Mutts & Co., which has five stores in Ohio. The store carries dog, cat and small animal products. It also offers adoption days, grooming and self-serve dog washes.

Special Recognition Categories:

Merchandising & Store Design: CountryMax, which has 16 stores in New York

Lifestyle & Boutique: Pawz on Main in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Holistic Approach: Animal Connection in Charlottesville, Va.

People & Pet Partner: Bend Pet Express, which has two stores in Oregon

Feline Friend: The Cat Connection in Dallas

Concept & Innovation: The Yuppy Puppy in Spokane, Wash.

Best In-Store Experience: Jungle Bob’s Reptile World, which has two stores in New York

Employee Engagement & Training: Kriser’s Natural Pet, which has more than 40 stores

Events & Customer Engagement: Four Your Paws Only in North Conway, N.H.

At Your Service: The Green K9 in Mount Dora, Fla.

Rescue Partner & Community Involvement: Cherrybrook Pet Supplies, which has three stores in New Jersey

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