Pet magazine names Mud Bay retailer of the year

Pet Business magazine of New York has named Mud Bay its retailer of the year for 2015.

Tumwater-based Mud Bay, which was formed in 1988 and employs 320, operates 33 stores in Washington and Oregon. The stores largely cater to the needs of dogs and cats.

“The team at Mud Bay has built an incredible brand by remaining committed to helping pet owners keep their four-legged companions healthy and happy,” said Mark Kalaygian, editor in chief of Pet Business, in a statement.

The magazine also singled out Mud Bay’s approach to hiring and training. Employees regularly receive training about products, pet health and customer service skills during their time at the business, according to a news release.

Pet Business magazine is set to host a reception for Mud Bay in Las Vegas this month, according to the news release.