Pet stores are extremely popular in today’s society. In 2004, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, in the pet industry, live animal sales reached approximately $1.6 billion. Moreover, in a 2003 survey in the US, merely 38% of U.S. pet shops claimed that they did not sell any live animals.
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The US Humane Society (pdf) that about two million puppy mill dogs are sold in the US every year, many of which come from roughly 10,000 US puppy mills. Pet stores are big clients of those mills; the that more than two-thirds of puppies shipped to US pet stores come from puppy mill brokers.
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But activists are finally making strides against what’s become a global business. A new US federal rule in August restricts the growing from Russia, China, and . (pdf) of US states have laws regulating the breeding or sale of puppies, and local municipalities are starting to take steps like in pet stores altogether. The American federal government has added to those efforts by giving the US department of agriculture more oversight of American dog breeders and brokers.
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Companies in this industry operate physical retail establishments that sell pets, pet foods, and pet supplies. Major companies include PetSmart, PETCO Animal Supplies Stores, and Petland (all based in the US), along with Global Pet Foods and Pet Valu (Canada), and Pets at Home (UK).The US pet and pet supply store industry includes about 9,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $16 billion.The global pet and pet supply store market is concentrated in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region; pets are less common in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Major pet populations exist in Brazil, China, Russia, Indonesia, and Japan. However, the largest pet market by a wide margin is the US.
One prominent pet store chain whose growth (or lack thereof), in terms of number of stores in North America, was not necessarily indicative of its overall success was Chillicothe, Ohio-based . While the company did not add any new stores since the last edition of the list, its 117 North American locations still put the Petland franchise within the top 10 (at No. 9) on Top 25 list. What’s more, according to president Joe Watson, Petland saw significant gains in its existing locations.
When it comes to the chain’s flat store count in North America, Watson points to the company’s rigorous franchisee selection process and the complexities of securing capital for new start-ups as overriding factors.
In this regard, Watson points out that the pet industry has “a serious sustainability problem.” Pressure from animal rights groups on regulators, he says, is leading to a drastic decline in pet breeding, which will eventually have serious repercussions for all pet product marketers.