Dave's Soda & Pet City had its modest beginnings in the bay of an empty gas station. Dave Ratner (shown above), Owner and CIO (Chief Instigating Officer), recalls, "I started the soda company, Dave’s Soda City, in 1975. About three years later, I was in a supermarket, and noticed that they had more pet food than soda. I thought, Hey, what a great idea for a store."
Today, Dave's Soda and Pet City has grown into a mini chain of 7 superstores with more than 150 employees! Dave's has become synonymous with pet supplies and awesome, doggone great customer service! So much so that Dave's regularly wins the Reader Raves Award, Gazette Reader's Choice Award, and the Advocate Best of the Valley award! Dave was also elected to the board of directors of the National Retail Federation for a three year term.
Our employees are pet-friendly, knowledgeable, experienced, and can help you find exactly what you need. In further recognition of Dave’s importance to the retail industry, In 2012 Dave was inducted into the Massachusetts Retail Association's Hall of Fame.
| Dave at the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Awards of Excellence ceremony,
Dave's Soda and Pet City was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Dave's Other Companies
Dave’s Pet Food is our house brand of premium pet foods. Known for its quality-price equation as all Dave’s products have one distinct advantage over other super premium holistic brands – price. Why? Dave’s has eliminated the middle man and excessive marketing costs that inflate pricing, so he is able to deliver you a top quality holistic product at a drastically reduced price. Dave states that “In 35 years selling premium pet foods, I have seen a gazillion brands come and go. I am often mystified at the prices of some of these products. As my business and our volume grew, I was able to go directly to the manufacturers and have them make formulas equal to the very top holistic brands and cut out the middle man. It is a huge savings I have been passing along to my customers for years. I have some pretty sophisticated customers not to mention some pretty finicky ones! They know good food and they appreciate good value.”
On top of owning three growing companies, Dave also found
the time to write his first book... Creating Customer Love. A
book that helps other business create relationships with their
customers, like Dave has with his three companies.
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