K9 Caterers started out as several small shops at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in 1970. After initial success, partners Leonard Katz and Danny Columbi expanded in 1987.
Unlike many competitive pet shops that only focus on resale, K9 Caterers was the distributor for several lines of name-brand pet foods from the beginning of the 1980’s until last year.
“We concentrated on the distribution side to keep up the retail and build a warehouse that’s big enough to buy at the right pricing, so that we can remain competitive with other pet suppliers,” said Peter Katz, son of Leonard and the current owner of the Glendale store.
As a result, the prices for food and other pet supplies are relatively cheaper than many competitors, such as Petco or Petland.
K9 Caterers recently purchased a new property at 76-50 Woodhaven Blvd., and built an 11,000-square-foot building that will serve as its new home. Even though the company has been in Glendale for almost three decades, certain lease related issues ultimately led to the decision to relocate.
After researching the area, Katz settled on Woodhaven Boulevard in a busy area with easy access to public transportation. The new store is at the corner of 76th Avenue, directly across from the Home Depot. In addition to a retail store and warehouse, the new building will include a grooming area, a first for K9 Caterers.
Katz can’t wait to tell his customers about the new location, since it will provide more services for his animal-loving clientele. Many of his customers have been coming to K9 Caterers since it first opened.
“It has the best prices and is very friendly,” said Lorie Bradshaw, who has been shopping at K9 Caterers for 16 years. “Big, but with a neighborhood feel.”