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Petland hires former Walmart VP

Tony Samples to serve as Vice President of Corporate Stores

(Chillicothe, Ohio, February 27, 2015) – Petland, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Tony Samples as Vice President of Corporate Stores. Samples will lead Petland’s retail store division and oversee the company’s merchandising and marketing efforts.

"Tony brings extensive retail experience to Petland at a time when Petland is expanding its retail footprint,” said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson.

Samples, a native of Cedartown, Georgia, has more than 30 years of retail experience. As Vice President in Retail Operations at Wal-Mart, he had a proven record of producing bottom-line results, operational process improvement, and rapidlygrowing market share. He was a recipient of the Sam Walton Hero Award and the NAACP Regional Director's Award.

Currently he serves on the Executive Advisory Council for Berry College’s Campbell School of Business (Mount Berry, GA). He is a member of the Northwest Georgia Regional Angel Investor Network, and a board member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. He is a former board member for Brewton ParkerCollege, Mount Vernon, Georgia, and Georgia Highlands College in Rome, GA.

"I am thankful to be joining Petland at this exciting time. I look forward to helping guide the company through this expansion as we introduce the Petland brand into new markets,” said Samples.



Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. For more than 47 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right person and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.