Petland says it is pleased to announce industry veteran Rick Billups has been hired as vice president of Merchandising for Petland, Inc. Billups began his pet industry career working as a Petland pet counselor in the late 1970s.
“We are very pleased to have Rick come home to Petland and be a part of our growing team,” Petland President and CEO Joe Watson said. “We compete in a highly competitive marketplace, and like many retailers, we have expanded our private label program and increased our direct import business. Rick will help direct and grow this critical area of our business.”
Billups, a graduate from Marshall University, has held various executive level merchandising positions within the pet industry.
“I am really excited to join the Petland team and help lead their merchandising efforts,” Billups said. “Petland is the world leader in pet retail and I look forward to enhancing the dry good portion of their business.”