The Happy Valley pet care market is about to heat up with Petco opening at the Stop and Shop stripmall on the Hadley/Amherst line in the former location of the extinct Blockbuster. The animal supply retailer has over 1,000 locations nationwide and a strong web presence with over one million "likes" on Facebook.
While good news for folks with pets, not so good news for Dave's Soda and Pet City less than a mile down the road and only a half dozen total locations in the Valley. Of course with pets, price is not the only consideration--customer service also plays a b-i-g role.
And Dave Ratner runs a mission oriented business deeply involved with the community (people and pets), so they should be able to handle the competition.