Editor's View

by Mark Kalaygian on Dec 29, 2014
“Has the other shoe dropped for PetSmart? As was widely reported, the Phoenix-based, big-box pet specialty retailer, which operates more than 1,300 stores in the U.S. and Canada, recently agreed to be acquired by a group fronted by BC Partners Inc., a U.K.-based private equity firm. The sale marks the end of a tumultuous period for PetSmart that started when activist investor Jana Partners—which holds a 9.8-percent stake in the chain—sent a letter to the…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Dec 1, 2014
“Will pet specialty retailers still be cheerful when the calendar flips to 2015, or will they be suffering from a holiday hangover? The way that the last few weeks of 2014 play out will undoubtedly be an important factor in determining whether or not pet stores have a happy and…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Nov 1, 2014
“Aquatics-focused, independent pet stores have become the latest endangered species in the aquarium trade, and the at-risk status of these retailers threatens extinction for the aquarium hobby altogether. As you will read in this month’s cover story, pet stores that are heavily involved in the aquatics category today are facing…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Oct 1, 2014
“After spending three days at last month’s Total Pet Expo in Chicago, I can’t help but wonder, “Where was everyone else?”It was disheartening to see that the number of exhibitors at the 2014 edition of Total Pet Expo was less than half of what could be found there just five…”
by Mark Kalaygian on Sep 1, 2014
“Suddenly, independent pet retailers are not so afraid of the big box retailers. In fact, as you will read in this month’s cover story, these retailers are starting to stand up to the big chains in the pet industry and are fighting back with innovative merchandising and marketing. This is…”