Benson’s Pet Center adds eighth Rotterdam location – The Daily Gazette


ROTTERDAM — A former discount supermarket on Altamont Avenue will soon become the eighth location for Benson’s Pet Center.

The local pet supply company is currently renovating the space at 1520 Altamont Ave. that Save A Lot left last May. It plans to open to the public this spring.

General Manager Moira Nowc said Benson had been looking for space in the Schenectady area for years.

“We have a lot of customers coming to our Colonie store or our Clifton Park store,” she said. “This will give us the opportunity to also offer delivery in this region.”

Benson recently posted the news on his Facebook page and received requests from customers about what features they would like to see in the new store. This location will potentially have more or different features than other stores based on their suggestions, Nowc said.

In addition to the positive reception on its Facebook page, Benson’s has also been pushed back, Nowc said, because the new location will be right next to Everything Pets, a pet supply store that has operated there for more than a year. decade. Their concern is that the smaller Everything Pets will suffer from the competition.

“Everything Pets is another locally owned independent business. We’re not going after their market share,” Nowc said. Benson’s will stock different brands and “we’re not going to put live animals in the store.”

The chain of stores that is now Benson’s has its roots in the tropical fish hobby of Ryan Kramer, who established and ran the aquarium department at the original Benson’s in the former Pyramid Mall in Wilton in his early twenties.

He and his father, Frank, bought Benson’s in 1992 and over the next 30 years expanded its footprint with stores in Clifton Park, Colonie, Queensbury, Pittsfield and Johnstown. The current Benson’s in Wilton is not far from where the original store was located, and earlier this year the seventh location officially opened on Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

There’s also Benson’s Fish Room, at Ballston Spa, which focuses on the aquarist hobby that started it all for Ryan Kramer.

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