For over 95 years, Fairplay Stores has had the priviledge of serving the needs of Calgary pets and their owners. Built on a tradition of uncompromising customer service and the delivery of quality products, Fairplay is extremely proud of its role in the local pet community.
One of the hallmarks of our success has been our ability to adapt to the changing needs of our customers. As pet nutrition and care evolves, we constantly seek out the best suppliers of quality products to carry, while ensuring our staff are trained to listen to customers' needs and provide useful advice to help them make the best decisions for their pets.
To all of our existing customers - thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the past. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
And to those that have not yet visited us, drop by and look around. Oh, and be sure to introduce yourself and your pet(s) - they're always welcome!
Treats, toys, health supplements, accessories... our shelves are stocked full of products to keep your pets happy, healthy and full of life!
Over the last few years, the pet food industry has dramatically expanded to the point where choosing the right brand and formula for your pet can be daunting - we can help! Fairplay's knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting the healthy choice for your pet. Below are many of the most popular brands we carry.
Since 1919, our small & independent business has been an integral part of the retail scene in Calgary, Alberta. Originally known as Fair Play Flour & Feed, the business expanded to include pet food and supplies, as well as gardening products in the late 1950s. The owners at the time, Milt and Svana Campbell, hired Svana's brother, George Bjarnason, in 1967. Mr. Bjarnason purchased Fairplay from his brother-in-law in 1973 and then along with his wife, Anne and four children, began a career in the pet supply industry that would last a lifetime.
In 1980, Fairplay moved from its home of 60+ years at the corner of 10th Street and Memorial Drive to it's current home on Kensington Road N.W. The horse feed, tack & supplies end of the business then expanded to its own location, The Horse Store, just two doors down from Fairplay.
Through the 1980s, Fairplay followed the economic path of the oil industry. As the local economy flourished, Mr. Bjarnason opened two more locations and had more than 30 employees. After the boom, came the bust and Fairplay felt the economic pinch, closing the two stores, but maintaining the primary locations on Kensington Road. Mr. Bjarnason played an active role in the company up until the late 1990s, when the operation of the stores was left in the hands of his daughter, Christine Nurse, who continues to guide the stores to this day.