Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Going to the Dogs

Petco

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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dave's Pet Food leaves much to be desired. Always said if a Petco opens they would be in trouble so let's hope Dave's gets their act together.

Competition is good for the consumer.


~Ecosse

Anonymous said...

I'm sticking with Amherst Farmer's Supply for dog food, bird seed etc. Shop local!

Anonymous said...

no way that War Memorial is gonna open on Sat. Liner still not complete and no water in sight...

LarryK said...

And it takes at least a full day just to fill it with water.

Anonymous said...

For years Dave's has had a loyalty card that gives you no benefits no matter how much you purchase. That says it all.

Anonymous said...

...and, they JUST changed the card to actually give you some benefits...wonder why???

Anonymous said...

So, I was just in Petco, I was excited to not have to pay so much for the rodent supplies our house seems to need. I assumed this big chain would have great savings over ol'Daves...

But, much to my suprise (and major disappointment,) the 2 items we buy regularly for $15 and $17 at Daves, were nearly nearly $5 more a piece at Petco!!!

Anonymous said...

Area going to the dogs- Pet Hotel being built in Hadley (next to Rock Wall gym)

LarryK said...

Yeah, I saw that today. Waiting for them to put up a better sign.

Anonymous said...

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Saturday--Petco-129586498.html

This article says it all about what kind of a compay Petco is. They will never get this animal lovers business!