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Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile Opens in Kanab, UT

Pet-centric hotel and general store caters to travelers who seek unique pet-friendly lodging while supporting the lifesaving work of best friends animal society.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a pet-centric, 40-room lodging option in Kanab, UT, has opened its doors to travelers — and their pets. The new Roadhouse, owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, looks forward to welcoming all travelers and their pets who seek to explore the beauty of Southern Utah.

The new property will provide complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the organization’s nearby Sanctuary, as well as offer organized Best Friends member activities, including volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers. Revenue from the Roadhouse will support Best Friends’ efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025.

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The Roadhouse features 30 regular rooms, eight suites and two two-level suites, while the Mercantile houses a reception, a common area space for guests, a complimentary vegan continental breakfast bar, and retail that includes Best Friends and Roadhouse branded merchandise as well as a small section of vegan food items that guests can purchase to take with them.

“With the opening of Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, we are excited to introduce the next level in pet-centric travel,” said Brooks Bradbury, director of hospitality, Best Friends Animal Society. “We look forward to welcoming all visitors to Kanab — travelers with furry friends and those without, travelers who are visiting or volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or those guests who would like to know more about our work. We love welcoming pet sleepovers!”

Guests can feel comfortable bringing their pets along for the trip with pet-friendly features such as guest rooms outfitted with durable fabrics and materials, pet introduction doors — a two-door entry that ensures the pet will not slip out, room furnishings built 18 inches or higher to avoid pet entrapment or accidents, sleeping areas featuring pet mattress, as well as complimentary pet washing stations and fenced-in park with a water feature, and pet walking services and sitting, upon arrangement.

Two rooms, specially designed to accommodate cats, feature a window perch for lounging, high hanging light fixtures, cat proof blinds and curtains, generously spaced furniture to prevent cats from jumping on top of the furniture and a litterbox under the bathroom vanity. Each room is named for a beloved Best Friends animal alumnus. The room’s corresponding artwork is an image of the featured animal and a framed plaque relating their special story. There is one room specifically designated as pet free for those with allergies. Two rooms are handicap accessible.

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Designed by WOW Atelier of Salt Lake City and Jillian Kliewer, the Roadhouse is comprised of two simple, low slung structures — the Roadhouse and the Mercantile — that sit unobtrusively within Kanab’s landscape of flat open land and undulating hills.

All rooms at the Roadhouse will feature complimentary Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-cable HDTV with remote, an Intelity in-room tablet, animal and cruelty-free bathroom amenities, Lutron lighting fixtures and controls, convenient power and USB charging stations, in-room Nespresso coffee machines and coffee and a bed with a slide out pet platform.

The Roadhouse provides an ideal in-town location for activities for guests and the community, including Best Friends presentations, musical performances, videos, lectures and discussions, art fairs, farmers markets, yoga classes and more that will further engage visitors in a Best Friends designed experience.

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is located at the center of the “Golden Circle” and serves as an ideal base camp for day trips to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Room’s rates are seasonal and range from $109-$309.

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Sustaining E-Commerce Growth is Critical to Future of U.S. Pet Market, Reports Packaged Facts

Shoppers are buying pet products online more than they used to.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROCKVILLE, MD — For the past few years, the Internet has been disproportionately responsible for helping to keep U.S. pet industry on a healthy growth track. Packaged Facts in the recent report U.S. Pet Market Focus: The Amazon Pet Food and Supplies Shopper, 2nd Edition estimates online sales (defined as any sales that originate online) of pet products at $11.4 billion in 2019, or 21% of the market, ramping up from $9.5 billion in 2018 and $3.2 billion in 2015. Packaged Facts projects the Internet share of the pet products market will reach 26% in 2023.

“E-commerce success with pet products, primarily from Chewy and Amazon, has permanently made the pet products market omnichannel. This transformation has been sealed by current online strategies of brick-and-mortar based retailers such as PetSmart and Walmart and of specialty brands and products,” says Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle.

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Packaged Facts estimates that among pet-owning households buying pet products online, average annual spending over the Internet on these products will be approximately $744 in 2019—nearly equating to the $771 in average annual spending on pet products among U.S. pet-owning households overall.

Beyond the convenience and appeal of the Internet’s “endless aisle,” more pet owners are choosing to purchase products online because they believe the Internet can be used to save money, especially with price comparisons. Almost half (49%) of Internet shoppers for pet products strongly agree that they are looking out for lower prices, special offers, and sales, compared with 44% of pet superstore shoppers. Further, online shopping is also a way to spend money, even if ensuring good value in the process: 36% of Internet shoppers for pet products strongly agree that they are spending more on pet products than they used to, compared with 30% of pet superstore shoppers.

Not only are Internet shoppers spending more on pet products, but a high percentage strongly agree that they are buying pet products online more than they used to—43% among those buying through pet specialty websites such as Chewy.com, and 41% among those buying pet products through general websites such as Walmart.com.

“The data strongly indicates that the rising Internet share of the pet products market is not due for a leveling off in the near future,” says Sprinkle.

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PetGuard Partners with Central Pet, Adds Northeast Territory Sales Manager

Its line of pet foods will be distributed to independent pet specialty retailers by Central Pet Distribution.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PetGuard recently announced that its line of pet foods will be distributed to independent pet specialty retailers by Central Pet Distribution.

Central Pet Distribution, a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet, is one of the largest wholesale distributors of pet products with facilities spanning the U.S.

“At PetGuard, we are constantly looking to create a sustainable long-term partnership that would help take our brand to the next level and make our products more widely available to consumers throughout the United States,” commented Tim Siedlaczek, director of sales at PetGuard. “PetGuard provides world-class nutrition for pets, and Central Pet offers world-class distribution services to match. We’re very excited for what’s in store.”

Siedlaczek also announced that Jim Gallagher has joined the growing PetGuard sales team as Northeast Territory sales manager. Gallagher is no stranger to the pet nutrition business, having most recently served as East Coast regional sales manager for the Isle of Dogs. Prior to that, he held sales management positions for Rawz Natural Pet Food and Ziwi Peak.

According to Siedlaczek, “Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I’m confident that he will add a lot of value to our team.” Pet retailers interested in stocking and selling PetGuard are invited to contact their Central Pet Distribution sales representative.

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Pets & Money Summit Announces Finalists for Best in Show Spotlight

The summit takes place Dec. 11.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Pets & Money Summit aims to connect pet care brands with industry executives, strategic buyers, financial buyers and retailers. The event will showcase the latest innovation disrupting the industry and explore key trends and consumer priorities, identifying actionable strategies to grow your business or secure your next acquisition target.

The summit takes place Dec. 11 in Austin, TX, and will feature more than 200 leaders from pet brands, supporting companies, strategic and financial buyers.

The Best in Show Spotlight gives 12 emerging brands the opportunity to present their products or services on the main stage in a quick-fire round of presentations.

The 12 Showcase Finalists are:

  • Anna Skaya (Base Paw)
  • Tara Zedayko (Digg Labs)
  • Zel Crampton (Diggs)
  • Shaina Denny (DogDrop)
  • Wendy Shankin-Cohen (Dr Harvey)
  • Anja Skodda (Happy Again Pet)
  • Josh Awad (Honest Paws)
  • Noora Keskievari (OneMind Dogs)
  • Woody Mawhinney (Pawlicy Advisor)
  • Meggie Williams (Skipper)
  • Leon Kruger (VetPlusMore)
  • Lisa Baronoff (Walkee Paws)

There will be over a dozen speakers to hear from, including Kellyn Grantham of Target, who will discuss strategy and what Target is looking for from a prospective partner in the pet space.

There’s still time to register. Learn more here: https://go.kisacoresearch.com/l/678123/2019-10-29/skc4

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