Pet Age ICON awards honors pet industry leaders who have shown a long-term commitment to the success of the pet industry based on experience, integrity and leadership.
Petland, Inc. was the vision of Ed Kunzelman, who took his fish-keeping hobby to the next level by opening a single pet store in Chillicothe, Ohioon 21 October, 1967. The first franchised location opened in Portsmouth in 1972 and the company now has locations across the US and in Canada, Mexico, China, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador with openings planned in Saudi Arabia by the end of the year.
"I am humbled and honored," said Kunzelman. "From the very beginning, not one but many people created, molded and improved our culture – managers, franchisees, corporate staff, pet counselors, animal care technicians and our wonderful international partners."
With a focus on top-notch customer service, trained pet counselors and extraordinary animal care, Petland defines leadership in the pet store retail industry by remaining the largest retailer in the country that focuses on pets, from puppies and kittens to geckos and guinea pigs.
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