Petland Discounts was started in 1965 when Neil Padron opened his first store in Glen Oaks, Queens. Now, with over 50 years in the Pet product retailing business he has grown the Petland Discounts chain into more than 90 stores with-in the tri-state area. Petland Discounts is an independently owned company and is the largest, continuously operated pet chain in America.
Petland Discounts offers a full line of aquariums and pet supplies (over 6000 different products) as well as live fish, birds, reptiles and small animals. Petland Discounts staff is trained to take time with and listen to customers needs and concerns. They build relationships, and are well trained to offer advice about the health and well being of the customer’s pet.
In 2003 at the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) Annual Breakfast, Neil Padron was inducted into the Pet Industry Hall of Fame. Neil Padron, the founder and President of Petland Discounts, Inc has built an empire in the pet industry that merits his induction into the APPMA Hall of Fame. “Padron was awarded this high honor for the significant contribution his business has made in the pet industry and the pivotal role he has played in promoting the sale of pets and pet products in the United States,” says Pet Business Magazine. Padron and Petland Discounts is the first retailer to ever be inducted into the APPMA Hall of Fame. “No one has shown the commitment to making companion animals available to the public more then Neil Padron” said Allan Levey of the Hartz Mountain Group and APPMA board director. This is the highest honor bestowed in the pet industry.
During the APPMA breakfast Allan Levy and Bob Devine from The Hartz Mountain Corporation along with Rolf C. Hagen, President of the Hagen Corporation presented Neil with the Hall of Fame Induction and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Employees, friends and business associates were all on hand to show their support and congratulate Neil on his achievement.
Petland Discounts is very involved in Community Outreach by providing a school program to educate students and to promote responsible pet ownership by introducing a hands-on educational experience to children of all ages. Petland Discounts also works with many local shelters, humane societies and rescue groups throughout the tri-state area to help encourage animal adoptions. Because of the overpopulation of dogs and cats, Petland Discounts works closely with many of these organizations to help promote adoptions and offers savings on products to people who have adopted their pet.
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