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March 5, 2015

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

Retailer Excellence Award Winners Announced at Global Pet Expo 2015

- Winners of the Fourth Annual Retailer Excellence Awards are announced at Global Pet Expo, March 4-6, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.-

(Orlando, FL)— Global Pet Expo Officials areproud to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards. The Awards Ceremony took place at the Show’s Pet Industry Breakfast, Thursday, March 5, 2015.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s recipients for their efforts and dedication to the pet industry,” said Andrew Darmohraj, APPA Executive Vice President & COO. “They play an integral role in the continued growth and success of the pet industry.”

The Retailer Excellence Awards are designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. The following retailers received designated awards in each of the 10 different categories:  

1. Odyssey Pets of Dallas, TX
Best Overall Single-Store RetailerThis award recognizes a single-store retailer for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.

2. Loyal Biscuit Co. of Rockland, Maine
Best Overall Retailer(2 - 10 stores):This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with less than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service. 

3. Kriser’s Natural Pet of Santa Monica, CA
Best Overall Retailer (10 or more stores): This award recognizes multi-unit retailers with more than 10 stores for excelling in sales, customer service, store design, merchandising and community service.  

4. The Wet Spot Tropical Fish of Portland, OR
Best Live Animal Retailer: This award recognizes a retailer that excels in sales, promotion, display and knowledge of the dedicated live-animal category. 

5. Ruff Life Pet Outfitters of Petoskey, MI
Merchandising Excellence: This award recognizes their outstanding creative techniques to promote sales and services.

6. Katie’s Pet Depot of North Brunswick, NJ
Multi-Service Excellence: This award recognizes their effective offering of a broad spectrum of services including grooming, training, boarding, etc.

7. Brookside Barkery & Bath of Kansas City, MO
Marketing Excellence: This award honors effective execution in sales and promotional techniques to increase sales and customers including the use of advertising, public relations, social media and more.  

8. Two Bostons of Naperville, IL
Customer Service Excellence:This award recognizes an unmatched level of customer service, demonstrates familiarity with products and services, etc. 

9. Planet Tails of Naples, FL
Store Design Excellence: This award honors excellence in overall store design including merchandising displays, store layout, curb appeal and more.

10Barks, Bones & Biscuits Bakery  of Mint Hill, NC 
Community Service Excellence: This honor recognizes fellowship, integrity and a clear demonstration that the store is committed to giving back to the community. 

Entries were judged by a committee consisting of Global Pet Expo and Pet Business Media staff members. For more information about the Show, please visit


Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2014 Show featured 985 exhibitors, 2,896 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 5,597 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. It is a six-time Gold 100 Award recipient, Grand Award recipient and Fastest 50 recipient, all from Trade Show Executive as well as two award recipient from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. The 2015 Show will take place March 4-6, 2015 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit 

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,100 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information. 

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bondVisit for more information.