Pet Valu was founded in Markham, Ontario, Canada in 1976. The company has since expanded to include nearly 70 stores, mainly in the North-Eastern part of the U.S. Pet Valu also has franchises available in both countries. The company is the leading wholesale distributor of pet food and pet supplies in Canada.
Pet Valu offers a wide variety of pet supplies and food, including cat food, dog food, bird food, and small animal food, treats, litter, litter boxes, collars, leashes, crates, travel boxes, pet clothing, pet care items such as nail clippers and grooming brushes, small animal habitats and enclosures, fish aquariums, and bird cages.
Pet Valu was acquired by private equity firm Roark Capital in 2009 for $143.7 million. The company has more than 500 franchised and corporate-owned stores in the US and Canada.
The company offers advice on pet care, both at their retail locations and online, as well as offering in-store adoption services from local shelters to help place homeless dogs and cats in permanent homes.
Founder and CEO of the company, Geoffrey Holt, donated $100,000 worth of pet products to families after the 2018 British Columbia wildfires.
The company also operates a pet rescue called Pet Valu Animal Rescue Express. In August 2020, the company rescued 43 pets from one location in Canada.
In early November 2020, Pet Valu announced that they were closing all 358 locations in the US permanently.