Benson’s: Where It’s ALL About The Pets!

Our concept has always been to have a place where anyone can shop for their furry, feathery and scaly friends, a place where animals and customers come first.

 

Frank, Benson's Pet Center Owner
Photo Credit: Yelp Reviewer, Amber F.

Photo Credit: Yelp Reviewer, Amber F.

Benson’s Pet Center is a small independent chain of full line pet supply stores that have been helping your pets maintain a healthy lifestyle since 1992. We carry the supplies you need for your four legged friends, but don’t worry, we didn’t forget about your feathery and scaly friends…we have them covered too! We specialize in helping our customers find exactly what is best for their pets based on that particular animals needs. It is becoming increasingly more common for our pets to have food allergies or sensitivities to some of the ingredients in their food. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any of your pet related nutrition questions and it’s common to walk in to our stores and hear our associates doing just that! We carry an array of high quality treats and food for all your pets.

A BIT ABOUT THE OWNERS

Owners Ryan and Frank began operating Benson’s pet shop in Saratoga Springs in October of 1992 in the now nonexistent Saratoga mall. Although we have expanded and grown our idea has remained unchanged.

  • In 1996 we opened our location in Clifton Park,NY.
  • In 1998 we opened in Colonie, NY.
  • In 2000 we opened in Queensbury, NY.
  • In 2013 we opened in Pittsfield, MA.
  • In 2015 we opened in Johnstown, NY.
Meet Our Managers
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Jes, Saratoga NY
In November 2015 I started my career at Benson’s Pet Center as the Assistant Manager in Saratoga and found myself right where I needed to be…with animals! October 2016 rolled around and I became the Saratoga Store Manager. I’ve learned so much from the Benson’s team and I’m excited to keep learning to provide the best service for our customers. When I’m not at Benson’s I am hanging with my 7 year old Lab/Pitt mix named Coalbie who loves to swim, chase squirrels and lay in front of my parents wood stove in the winter.
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Nicole, Pittsfield MA
I started my career with Benson’s when they opened a location in Pittsfield, MA and I consider Benson’s Pet Center my forever home! My career has always stemmed from the restaurant and hospitality industry and my education was in business management, so venturing into a new realm was very exciting. It was an easy transition into the newest pet store in Pittsfield, a town where there was a desperate need for a local independent pet retailer. We opened our store in late 2013 and every moment since has been fun! At the homestead my dog, Soma, and cat, Maude, enjoy all the creature comforts that come from Mom working at a pet store. My pets and I are looking forward to the years ahead of fun and for them… treats and food!
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Kim, Queensbury NY
I am the Store Manager of the Queensbury Benson’s Pet Center. It was my love of all animals that brought me to Bensons in 2006! I had been working at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne, New York, where I developed their Adaptive Horseback Riding Program and managed the small children’s farm for 14 years. I decided to change careers and seek employment at Benson’s in Queensbury, where I could share my experiences and knowledge with other pet lovers. I share my home in Queensbury with my two dogs, Brodie and Gracie.
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Deb, Johnstown NY
I have 2 sons ages 20 (Trevor) and 22 (Tyler). I also have two furry family members. Charlotte, my BFF, is an American Bulldog/French bulldog/Vesula cross. She is a foster failure from the Montgomery County SPCA. I also have a purebred English Shepherd, Jojo, whom I have had since she was a pup. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of St Rose. I generally spend a large percentage of my time volunteering. I have been a cub scout den mom, a 4-H leader, elementary classroom volunteer, Montgomery County SPCA , Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and Save a Bull volunteer. I fostered numerous dogs for both the Montgomery County SPCA and Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. I began my career with Benson’s in October 2013, as the Assistant Store Manager in Pittsfield, MA and was promoted to the Store Manager of our Johnstown location in March 2015! I have always loved animals. I have always been interested in animal behavior and more recently in animal nutrition. I have worked with numerous dog trainers in the area, partly because Charlotte is a bit challenging but also because I enjoy it. Charlotte has her CGC. When my sons were younger we had a hobby farm and raised colored angora goats, angora rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks ,guinea pigs and leased a couple llamas.
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Christine, Colonie NY
I have been with Benson’s Pet Center since 2004. Having worked in several of our locations, I have found a home here in Colonie! I have been in the Pet industry since 2002 and have found a career that I thoroughly enjoy. Outside of Benson’s, I have a small Alpaca farm and many different pets, including my dogs, cats, birds, fish, chickens and peacock. George, my Yellow Nape Amazon, spurred a passion for pet birds and their overall part of our families. I am proud to work for Benson’s Pet Center, as we work to offer your family the American Small Business experience.
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Alex, Clifton Park NY
My first year with Benson’s started in October 2014. I was hired as a full-time Assistant Manager and was promoted to the Clifton Park Store Manager before the holiday season! Prior to working at Benson’s, I was the Store Manager for the clothing store, Pacific Sunwear, for four years. I decided I would much rather work with people and their pets than in a mall setting and am so glad I made the switch! When I am not at work, I am at home with my three dogs; a pit bull -bull terrier mix, a red nose pit bull and a golden retriever. They love to take me on walks, searching for squirrels and other small furry creatures. I love working at Benson’s because of the family atmosphere and the opportunity to learn the best ways to care for my dogs. The knowledge I have gained over the past year has been irreplaceable and I’m excited to come to work every day to learn more!