IN the early 90s, Davao, Victoria Plaza (now NCCC VP Mall) was the place to be – whether shopping, dining, watching movies and shows by the fountain, renting laser discs , have film stills developed and buy pets and pet accessories . Of course, for the latter, there can only be one: PetCo. For many Dabawenyos, PetCo was a destination unto itself, being the first full-fledged pet store in Davao’s first mall.
Fast forward to 2022, the humble pet store Wilson Bangayan started is now renamed Pet Zoofari, Mindanao’s “largest, grandest, and most comprehensive pet depot” located along the JP Laurel Ave.
“Back then, I was doing everything from packing to pricing to setting up the aquarium and going to the airport early in the morning to pick up the animals,” Bangayan said.
During the program, he passed the baton to his son, Christopher, who is now the CEO.
Built using four container vans, Pet Zoofari is a 400 square meter space that houses almost everything pet essentials, whether two-legged, four-legged, furry, feathered or finned. It also has a drive-thru and delivery service – another first for Mindanao.
The store officially opened to the public on Friday, July 15, with a grand opening ceremony led by father and son Bangayan with Gene Bangayan, Cathy Bangayan, Eduardo Bangayan and architect Mike Dakudao.
The rainforest themed pet store with a safari vibe is full of shelves filled with pet food, accessories, toys, clothes, beds, decor, medicine and supplements, among others.
Of course, they sell all kinds of pets, various species of fish, birds, reptiles, cats, dogs, and even chicken. Right in the center of the store, they’ve provided a large, fenced-in play area where customers can interact and figure out which cat or dog they can bond with.