GREENWICH, Conn. -- Pet Pantry Warehouse (ppwpet.com) will celebrate its 75th year in business with fundraisers and in-store events throughout 2020. The family-owned pet supply business plans to begin hosting a series of in-store events in January designed to entertain and bring the community together. In-store events will include face painting, balloon art, ice cream socials, educational lectures, contests, portrait sessions, music and more. Pet Pantry will also continue to expand its signature fundraisers, New Canaan Dog Days, Puttin' on the Dog and Howl & Prowl to aid local pet rescue groups and other local non-profits.
The community will have a chance to pitch the Pet Pantry team and recommend new non-profit beneficiaries to participate in the 75K fundraising effort. The chosen beneficiaries will join other longtime non-profit partners in receiving a portion of donated funds. The Pet Pantry executive team will select the final group of non-profit partners in December 2019. The Pet Pantry Warehouse 75th-Anniversary non-profit partner suggestions from customers in Fairfield and Westchester County are needed before December 1st. The final non-profit partner list will be announced at the 75th-anniversary kickoff event in January.
The team at Pet Pantry prides themselves on maintaining a community-based retail business with seven locations throughout Fairfield and Westchester County. The team includes close to 50 dedicated and highly trained employees. Each year, Pet Pantry partners with organizations based near its retail locations to raise awareness and/or funds for worthy causes that impact the local community.
"We are a family-owned business and consider the communities we operate in to be our extended family; therefore community outreach is really important to us and this year we want to make an even bigger impact by celebrating this milestone anniversary with our customers and the communities we serve," said Adam Jacobson, Executive Vice President at Pet Pantry Warehouse. He continued, "We also want all of our customers (both furry and non) to have fun when they come to Pet Pantry. That’s why we're hosting more activities for families and their pets to enjoy and connect with one another".
Pet Pantry Warehouse began in 1945 with World War II Army Air Forces servicemen, Mort Davis, and Jac Cohen. The pair formed their alliance over a British puppy adopted by Davis while stationed in wartime England. After accomplishing a stateside transfer for the lucky pup, the two remained friends, joining forces in the pet food business. Davis passed away in the late ‘60s, but Cohen soldiered on with their enterprise through 1995, when the business was purchased by Barry Jacobson and his sons Adam and Ari, who run the business today.
“As a local family run business we understand the importance of giving back. We support our local and surrounding communities we serve by donating money, goods, and services to various schools, religious institutions, charities and more.” said Jacobson.
When the business was re-conceived in 1995, the large warehouse space which was home to the original Pet Pantry was converted into a more modern shopping experience and a new business model was born. The success of the reformatted Greenwich location paved the way for additional locations in Rye, New York in 2006; Larchmont, New York, in 2011; New Canaan and Wilton, Connecticut, in 2012; Riverside in 2017, and Scarsdale, New York and Fairfield, Connecticut in 2018.
"What sets the Pet Pantry Warehouse apart from other pet supply stores is that we carefully evaluate each and every product we sell and provide pet food and products that support animal health and well-being. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is thoroughly trained and tested in animal nutrition. When you walk into a Pet Pantry with a question you'll leave feeling better informed and confident that your pet will thrive and not just survive!" said Jacobson. He continued, "Next year will involve the biggest community outreach push to date with a loaded in-store event schedule and new community collaborations. We are all really excited to begin the milestone celebration".
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PHOTO: Vice President Ari Jacobson; Executive Vice President Adam Jacobson; Vice President Joshua Roth; Creative Director Cynthia Fox; and General Manager Emery Kriegsman.
Photo credit: Hybrid Media