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Best Overall Single-Store Retailer
All Pets Considered – Greensboro, N.C.
Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer ( 2-10 Stores)
TailsSpin – Savannah, Ga.
Best Overall Multi-Unit Retailer ( 10+ Stores)
Natural Pawz – Houston, Texas
Best Live Animal Retailer
Pet Express – Boston, Mass.
Woof Gang Bakery - Orlando, Fla.
Gorge Dog – Hood River, Ore.
Brookside Barkery & Bath – Kansas City, Mo.
Store Design Excellence
Healthy Pet Products – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Community Service Excellence
Pet Things – Douglasville, Ga.
Customer Service Excellence
Blackbird’s Bowl – St. Morris, Ill.
At the awards ceremony, Natural Pawz owners
Biff Picone and Nadine Joli-Coeur were ecstatic
about having their chain—which operates 19 stores
in Houston and Austin, Texas—recognized as one
A Display of Excellence
Pet Business, Coastal Pet Products and the organizers of Global Pet Expo honored 10
outstanding pet specialty retailers at Thursday’s Retailer Excellence Awards presentation.
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Hartz is promoting its line of
Delectables cat products. The
company has released 21 SKUs in
dry, wet and juicy assortments over
the last year and plans to launch
three SKUs of chowder in the late spring. In the fourth quarter,
the company plans to add two SKUs in a squeeze-up variety. “This
product has a more intense flavor for the animal,” says a company
executive. “Right now, we cannot keep up with the growth. We are
very excited with this product.”
All Pets Considered, TailsSpin and Natural Pawz took the top hon- ors at the fifth-annual Retailer Excellence Awards presentation, sponsored by Coastal Pet Products. The awards ceremony was part of Thursday’s Pet Industry Breakfast and was hosted by Pet Busi-
ness magazine and the organizers of Global Pet Expo.
“The retailers do the heavy lifting and we want to support them,” says Kim
Stout, COO of Coastal. “We do not think they get enough acknowledgement.
Sponsoring these awards is our way of recognizing those retailers who are
best in class. We are proud to be involved.”
The Retailer Excellence Awards are presented to outstanding independent
pet specialty retailers in a variety of categories, including:
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The Retailer Excellence Award winners gather for a post-ceremony group photo at the Industry Breakfast yesterday.