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Customers of Brentwood-based Tractor Supply Company, the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer, have provided 43,600 meals to dog shelters through a partnership with DOG for DOG dog food.

DOG for DOG, a mission-based company with a focus on saving the lives of pets, makes all-natural dog food and treats. For every DOG for DOG product purchase, the company guarantees a donation of an equal amount of dog food to a rescue or shelter.

Tractor Supply Co. began carrying select DOG for DOG products, including treats and “Dogsbutter” peanut butter, in stores nationwide and on in 2015.

DOG for DOG coordinates food donations on behalf of its retail partners every three months. Food is one of the largest expenses for most shelter and rescue organizations.

Customers have embraced DOG for DOG’s mission to end pet homelessness, according to Seth Estep, vice president, divisional merchandise manager at Tractor Supply Company.

“From our team members to our customers, the Tractor Supply family is passionate about caring for animals-big and small,” Estep said. “This alignment of values is why our partnership with DOG for DOG works so well, and our team is excited to see dog food donations to our pet partners get started.”


Brentwood-based Brookdale announced recently that it raised more than $2 million in 2015 for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The nation’s largest senior living and dementia care provider raised the money through employee participation in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’®. Events were held throughout the country.

With corporate offices in Brentwood and Milwaukee, Brookdale remains the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest supporter in those respective chapters as well as its argest fundraiser nationally. Since 2008, Brookdale has contributed more than $7.3 million to the organization.

“This amazing achievement – raising over two million dollars to fight Alzheimer’s in just one year – is a powerful example of the collective strength encompassed in the commitment of Brookdale’s 80,000 associates, along with our residents, their families and our business partners,” said Andy Smith, the company’s chief executive officer.  “As the nation’s largest provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, Brookdale has deep knowledge and experience supporting meaningful engagement for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But our dedication extends to ongoing innovation and efforts on behalf of our residents. I am so proud of our associates who every year take up the challenge of raising funds for research. It is an honor to be able to provide such a meaningful contribution in this fight.”
Alzheimer’s is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. Currently more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and 15 million people serve as caregivers. Proceeds from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s advance critical research, ensure that families receive the support they need, and raise awareness.


Zaxby’s, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, recently opened a new location, and its first in Brentwood, at 471 Old Hickory Blvd. Operating hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

With seating for 68, the new 3,700-square-foot location features Zaxby’s new farmhouse design, offering guests a high-end, fast-casual experience with redesigned exteriors, dining areas and kitchen. Point-of-sale and other improvements will further enhance food quality and increase speed of service. Zaxby’s also offers drive-thru services to meet the needs of customers on the go.

Zaxby’s aims to serve delicious chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads in a fun, offbeat atmosphere. As of February 2016, Zaxby’s had more than 700 locations in 16 states.