Olsen’s for Healthy Animals has been a major retail supplier of pet, livestock, and wild bird feeds since 1979. With deep roots in Northern Arizona, we started with the original location in Chino Valley. Olsen’s has now grown to five stores strong. We serve the communities of Prescott, Dewey/ Humboldt, Clarkdale, Flagstaff and surrounding areas. We are proud to say that our superior product offerings and service form the basis for our motto: “Good Enough, Just Isn’t.”
What started out in Chino Valley 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. When we began, our objective was to survive as a tiny Purina feed store called Olsen’s Chino Valley Grain. We had a 1940’s feed mill and one lone helper. Today, Olsen’s has grown to 5 stores in North Central Arizona. We have between 75 and 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 we served. Throughout our history, Olsen’s has been committed to helping our community partners be successful. We continue to invest money, time, and talent to that end. Olsen’s store managers live in the communities we serve. We are totally committed to thinking local, speaking local, and caring local.
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 our commitment to customer service. We want 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.
Olsen’s added the Arizona Equifest, expanded and modernized their existing stores, implemented a management structure independent of their initial ownership, and re-branded. This was all done with the intent of ensuring that Olsen’s will always be there when our customers need us.
Mike, Sherrill, Steve, Kathy, and Dan continue to contribute to the vision of a bright Olsen’s future. They remain involved as the Board of Directors of Olsen’s Grain, Inc. Additionally, they participate on a daily basis as needed. They are Community Ambassadors that spread the good word about the company through their community service and long time community contacts. Mike and Sherrill are deeply involved with the horse and livestock communities, while Steve is a longtime Rotarian with Prescott Frontier Rotary, the voice of Olsen’s on the radio, Prescott City Councilman and on the Board of Trustees of YRMC. Kathy has been on the Corporate Board of Catholic Charities and is currently on the Board of THE PUSD Education Foundation. Dan is currently on the Governing Elder Board, Director of Men’s Ministry, and Chaplain of Spiritual Care, all at Mountaintop Christian Fellowship Church. He is also a volunteer Chaplain at YRMC. All in all, 42 has a good ring to it, for Olsen’s and the communities we serve.
The Olsen’s feed mill in Chino Valley dates back to the 1940s. In its early years, the mill took care of local dairymen and farmers. With modernization and renovation of the mill, Olsen’s for Healthy Animals now produces its own lines of feed. This caters to the modern “backyard” animal enthusiasts.
Along with their own line of feeds, Olsen’s also offers a complete line of Purina Mills Feeds, which is the largest feed manufacturer in the U.S. As a result, Olsen’s features such respected brand names as Layena, Omolene, Equine Senior, and Ultium. Since 1894, Purina Mills has been on the “cutting edge” of advances in animal nutrition. Research-based, performance-proven, and quality guaranteed makes Purina Mills number one in the business.
Olsen’s for Healthy Animals are also proud to be northern Arizona’s “Healthy, Holistic Pet Food and Treat” stores. We carry over 31 different specialized brands of dog and cat food for those health-conscious pet parents. Additionally, we carry a full line of toys, accessories, and remedies for today’s pets. A complete line of veterinary and farrier supplies are also available. Longevity, experience, personalized customer service and an ever-expanding knowledge of nutritional needs are the basis for Olsen’s for Healthy Animals. We are an operation owned and managed by a family that cares about our community, employees, and the customers we serve.