Olsen’s started in Chino Valley AZ in 1979 as a dream of Mike and Sherrill Olsen, and Mike’s father John, has become much, much more over the past 43 years. Their objective was to survive as a tiny Purina feed store called Olsen’s Chino Valley Grain. They had a 1940’s feed mill and one lone helper. Today, Olsen’s has grown to 5 stores in North Central Arizona with about 80 enthusiastic, engaged employees. What a difference a few years makes.
With the very early additions of owners Steve and Kathy (Olsen) Sischka, and Dan and Barb Olsen, Olsen’s was ready to take on the future. That future included expansion into Prescott (’80), Dewey (’82), Flagstaff (’97), and Clarkdale (’02). The growth of Northern Arizona also brought large competition. Fortunately, Olsen’s continued to thrive because of our ties to the local communities they serve. Throughout Olsen’s history, they have been committed to helping community partners be successful and continue to invest money, time and talent to that end.
Olsen’s has always been everything animal and pet. As rural animal and pet owners became more sophisticated over the last 43 years, Olsen’s has been there every step of the way. The one thing that hasn’t changed, is their commitment to customer service.
What makes Olsen’s unique?
Although they started as a feed and grain store, they are so much more than that today. Though they still sell those products and other farm and ranch supplies, they also sell quality pet food and products for dogs and cats and so much more. Not only that, but they are also involved in their community and host events outside at their Chino Valley location like a variety of horse shows, barrel racing and roping events.
We want our customers to know what true rural American customer hospitality is all about. As a result, our trademarked motto is, “Good Enough, Just Isn’t”. That’s a tough standard to live up to, but the Olsen’s team strives to reach it every day. Our knowledgeable employees want to help our customers by answering any questions they may have. We aim to provide hometown service and will gladly help load up their vehicles if they need any assistance.
Their favorite Northwest Naturals Products
Personally, I like their Toppers. Great human grade ingredients that have functional benefits while also being a great way to entice dogs to eat. My dogs love the stuff (Ryan Baynes, Prescott Store Manager)
For our Verde location, the best sellers are the Freeze Dried Products (Wendy Drye, Verde Valley Store Manager)
Why is it important to shop local?
It’s important to shop local because our growth over the past 43 years wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for our loyal, local customer. Some of these customers have been supporting us since we opened our first location. Shopping local means supporting our community and our Olsen’s store managers live in the communities we serve. We are totally committed to thinking local, speaking local, and caring local.
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