The first PET VALU store was opened in Scarborough, Ontario in 1976 by Geoff and Carole Holt. By 1977, there were three stores in the Toronto area. Te.. read moren years later, the company had over 75 locations and began to franchise existing stores. In 1993, with more than 120 stores, the company went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The TSX stock symbol for Pet Valu Canada Inc., Pet Valu, Inc.'s publicly traded Canadian operating subsidiary, is PVC. In 1995, the company opened its first U.S. store in Bowie, Maryland.
Pet Valu, Inc. is a specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies, with stores located throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As of September 2008, it had more than 350 stores. The Canadian stores operate under the names PET VALUÂ®, PET VALU BETTER PET NUTRITIONÂ®, PAULMAC'S PET FOODÂ®, CRITTER CRAVINGSâ„˘, and BERRYS... Your PetsChoiceâ„˘ and together comprise the largest retail operation in Canada dedicated to the sale of food and supplies for dogs, cats, caged birds, wild birds, fish and small animals. Pet Valu, Inc. offers over 7,000 products, including national and premium brands of pet foods, private label pet foods and pet supplies, purchased from over 200 suppliers in 11 countries. The products are purchased, warehoused and distributed to all franchised and corporate stores through Peton Distributors Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pet Valu Canada Inc.
Our philosophy has always been, and continues to be, to provide pet owners with a wide selection of pet food and supply products at competitive prices, together with friendly customer service and convenience of store location. Stores typically range in size from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet and are located in or near neighborhood shopping plazas. Our franchisees and staff are knowledgeable about the needs of pets. We encourage them to sharpen their expertise with informational articles in our in-house publication, the FOCUS.