Get to know the owner of Detroit K-9 Pet Supplies

DETROITQ: Fadi Qaqish, how did you start?

  • A: Detroit K-9 was established in December 2003. Our first location was on Livernois and Lodge Freeway. I owned the gas station across from this building. It used to be open a month or two a year and sell kennels, straw and rock salt in the winter, but I noticed the store was never consistent. Once closed I decided it was my turn to try this place.

  • Initially, we wanted to open a “You Buy, We Fry” fish market, which is very popular in the city of Detroit. But once I started remodeling the building, I constantly had people come up to me asking if we had any dog ​​food for sale. Come find out, this place was one of the biggest dog food stores in Detroit for about 20-30 years.

  • I decided to try something. I went to a warehouse and bought a bunch of dog food, dropped it off at the building and went back to work at the gas station that day. At the end of the day, I returned to the building and found that we had sold almost everything we had there. I immediately knew we had to change direction and that’s when Detroit K-9 was created.

Q: Did you grow up with pets?

A: Yes, I grew up with pets and currently have a dog named Zach.

Fadi Qaqish, owner of Detroit K-9 Pet Supplies, and his dog Zach. Fadi won the Best “Pet Shop” award in our Vote 4 the Best Pets contest.

Q: The most interesting and difficult part of your job?

A: The best part of my job is that at Detroit K-9, we change lives, whether it’s an employee progressing or helping a family who has a pet for the first time. . The hardest thing about my job was finding a team of like-minded people.

Fadi Qaqish and his Detroit K-9 pet supply team

Q: Are you a dog or cat lover?

A: I am a dog person.

Q: Advice for someone who wants to start their own business

A: Honesty, loyalty and hard work always pay off.

Q: How did you hear about Vote 4 the Best

A: Some of our clients have told us that we have been nominated. We have won three consecutive years, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Q: Do you have anything to say to the people who voted for you?

Thank you, Detroit, for making us number one!

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Q: Do you have anything else to add?

A: I moved to the United States in 1994 with an empty pocket and a dream.

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