April 5, 2023

Houchens Industries Acquires Feeders Pet Supply

Houchens Industries, one of the largest and most diversified wholly owned S Corp ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) in the United States, announced today that it has acquired Feeders Pet Supply.

Feeders Pet Supply, based in Louisville, KY, is a leading and rapidly growing omnichannel pet specialty retailer. The company operates under the names of Feeders Pet Supply and Chow Hound Pet Supplies across six different states. The company sells pet food, supplies and services through its emerging e-commerce platform in addition to its 58 brick-and-mortar locations spread across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Feeders Pet Supply’s customer loyalty program is quickly approaching 1 million members who enjoy the opportunity to set up monthly subscriptions for their pet food delivery in addition to visiting the many retail locations. The company has experienced steady growth since its founding in 1959. That growth accelerated in 2016 when PNC Riverarch, based in Pittsburgh, PA acquired the majority ownership. Now, the company has entered into an agreement to sell 100 percent of the company to Houchens as a pathway for their employees to share in not only the ownership and success of Feeders Pet Supply but the ownership and success of Houchens.

Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Pet Supply, said, “we are very proud of our heritage and accomplishments to date and look forward to continuing that growth and success under the Houchens umbrella. We are aligned on the strategic initiatives to expand and enhance not only our retail footprint but our service offerings to customers. Houchens provides us long-term capital that is critical to achieving our future growth plans. Our senior leadership team is excited to partner with a company that is retail rich in talent and experience.”

Dion Houchins, CEO at Houchens, said, “We are excited to invest in the growing pet retail segment. This strategic investment met every criteria on our investment philosophy checklist. Partnering with a strong management team only enhanced our interest. Brannon Dixon and the Feeders Pet Supply senior leadership team have like-minded growth plans and embody an employee and customer centric approach. Having its headquarters in Louisville supports our growth strategy in our home state of Kentucky. This investment further diversifies our ESOP which is critical to our sustained success.”

Houchens owns and operates more than 300 grocery stores, neighborhood markets and convenience stores. In the last two decades, it has diversified its portfolio to include retail, insurance, manufacturing, construction, utilities, fast food and more.

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