Petland overview

Petland is a privately owned operator and franchisor of pet stores based in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ed Kunzelman founded the company in 1967. Petland currently operates 131 stores in the United States, and at least 63 in foreign markets including South Africa, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil and El Salvador.
Petland has been around for a long time. It was founded back in 1967. This established company loves to hire graduates from Columbus State Community College, with 10.2% of its employees having attended Columbus State Community College. Petland is a great place to work and is featured as number 2 on Zippia's list of Best Companies to Work for in Chillicothe, OH.
Petland is a medium retail company with 360 employees and an annual revenue of $75.0M that is headquartered in Ohio.







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The team at Petland

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  • Alan Caplan (Manager)
  • Joe Watson (ceo)
  • Ed Kunzelman (founder)

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What DON'T You Like About Working There?

The owner is a horrible man, the puppies are on display every single day Show More
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* Are there some kind of maintained stock levels based on the dogs breed? What I mean by that: 1 Siberian husky pup to be replenished every x months or order a new siberian husky after one has been sold. * Do you think this AMA would have been more successful if you didn't mention Petland as the store? * Most companies operate on shrinkage/leakage. How many puppies are acceptable losses given a 6 month period? BTW, thanks for answering.

1) Between my general manager and myself we play it by ear when it comes to getting specific puppies. People will come in the store and ask for a husky. Soon enough we get one in and it sells in a few days. We do keep track of which puppies sell faster than others, thats why if you go into a Petland a majority of the puppies you see will be deisgner small breeds such as: ***-tzu, chihuahuas, and yorkies. 2) Yes..... I understand why people would hate Petland as a company but idk I always imagined I would do a AMA and get like tons of upvotes...... Nope.avi 3) Well typically we get 1 or 2 puppies every year that unfortunately pass away because they get parvo or hypoglycemia from negligent puppy owners. To break it down, for every $1,200 we sell in the puppy department we can buy about 4-5 other puppies.
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* What's the longest time a puppy has been living at your store? * What happens when they are deemed unsellable? * What's the criteria for an unsellable puppy? * Is there a commission for each puppy sale? * Is there any reason why the stores don't make one super container to place all the puppies (vs individual cells)?

1) I remember having a ***-tzu stay at the store for I think 3 months. Nobody wanted him because he was teething and he constantly kept biting people. 2) When a puppy is deemed unsellable there are a few things my store does. We either adopt the puppy out to a family who understands that the puppy may encounter some kind of hereditary or congenital disease, or we send the puppy back to the breeder. I have no idea what happens to the puppies who get sent back. 3) We grade every puppy that comes into the store. Our veterinarian comes in and does a physical on the puppy. Some puppies require special inspections such as bulldogs or mastiffs. In those cases we grade our puppies on a scale of 1-5 (1 being sellable and 5 being rejected) if the puppy passes a 1.5 we cannot sell the puppy and we either send the puppy back to get a refund or we adopt the puppy out at cost. 4) YES!! Being employed at Petland is a very sales driven job. Everything is commisionable thats why our puppies can range from prices. It is literally the Pet Counselors job to set a price for the puppy. Even fish department is commission. 5) Disease, some puppies we get in will have kennel cough and basically its our job to give them anything they need to recover. Imagine a pre-school if one kid gets sick, chances are the rest of the class will get sick. By keeping the puppies in separate rooms we reduce the chance of any kind of bacterial infection. Also, sometimes we get really douchey puppies so we wouldn't want a Siberian Husky to boss around a Chihuahua.
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Petland careers

On average, employees at Petland stay with the company for 1.6 years. Employees most commonly join Petland after leaving Walmart. When they leave Petland, they most frequently get their next job at Walmart.

Average Length of Employment
PetSmart2.1 years


1.6 years
Petsense1.4 years
Top Employers Before Petland
Walmart16.6 %
Kroger5.6 %
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Top Employers After Petland
Walmart16.1 %
PetSmart10.9 %
Lowe's5.5 %
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Frequently Asked Questions about Petland

When was Petland founded?

Petland was founded in 1967.

How many Employees does Petland have?

Petland has 360 employees.

How much money does Petland make?

Petland generates $75.0M in revenue.

What industry is Petland in?

Petland is in the retail industry.

What type of company is Petland?

Petland is a private company.

Who are Petland's competitors?

Petland competitors include PetSmart, Pet Supermarket, Petsense, The Athlete's Foot, Winmark, Petland Discounts, PETCO Animal Supplies Stores, Sheetz, JoS. A. Bank Clothiers, Kum & Go, Express, Pier 1 Imports, H. H. Gregg, Bebe Stores, Sam Ash Music, Eddie Bauer, Pet Supplies Plus, ANN, Books-A-Million, Hobby Lobby.

Who works at Petland?

Alan Caplan (Manager)

Joe Watson (ceo)

Ed Kunzelman (founder)

Where is Petland's headquarters?

Petland's headquarters is in Chillicothe, OH.

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