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Petland, Inc. awards outstanding store operators at Petland’s 49th anniversary Trade Show

(Chillicothe, OH, August 24, 2016) – Petland’s 49th anniversary was recently celebrated at it’s annual Awards Banquet and Trade Show held in Columbus, OH.

President and CEO Joe Watson opened the evening with a look back over the last 48 years at Petland as it related to popular culture, noting that the Big Mac was introduced the same year as Petland’s founding.

Mr. Watson then introduced the two recipients of the Petland Award of Excellence. This award is given to a member of the Petland family or an individual or group that goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Petland better.  The 2016 Award of Excellence was presented to Ohio Senator Bob Peterson and to former director of ASPCA and PIJAC Edwin Sayres.

A new award was also introduced at the annual show, highlighting stores that have made significant contributions to their community and the Petland family.

“At Petland we impact the lives of people everyday around the world, enhancing the human-animal bond. Our business is about more than just sales per square foot or net income,” said Watson. “In fact, we are most proud of the positive impact Petland stores have on their staff, their customers and their community. Therefore we are very pleased to introduce the Petland Impact Award.”

The IMPACT Award was presented to:

  • John and Matt Donovan, Petland Columbus Carriage Place and Lewis Center, OH;
  • Dan and Janet Star, Petland and Aquarium Adventure in Hoffman Estates, Bolingbrook and Batavia, IL;
  • Ron and Wendy Solsrud, Petland Iowa City, IA;
  • JR Harper, Petland Pensacola, FL;
  • Staci Williams, Petland Topeka, KS;
  • Petland Brazil


Finally, Presidential Awards are given to outstanding employees in each management department of the Petland store. The 2016 recipients are Gabby Mitchell, Petland Columbus Carriage Place, OH, Pet Counselor of the Year; Tina O’Connor and Kailee Stockdale, Petland Lewis Center, OH, Kennel Co-Managers of the Year; Nick Orlowski, Petland Chicagoland, Inventory Control Manager of the Year; and Chris Adkins, Petland Kennesaw, GA, Manager of the Year.

If you would like more information about any of the awards or recipients, please contact Elizabeth Kunzelman of Petland, Inc. at [email protected].

Petland, Inc. is a franchise based in south-central Ohio offering full-service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. Since the company’s beginning in the fall of 1967, Petland’s Mission has been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already own pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Today, Petland is ranked among Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500.” For franchising opportunities and more information on Petland, visit the company’s Web site at