Loyal Biscuit, a chain of pet supply stores, was named Retailer of the Year by the Retail Association of Maine.

Directors of the association lauded the the owners of the company, Heidi and Joel Neal, for growing their company and their commitment to giving back to the community, according to a release announcing the honor.

Seven years ago, Loyal Biscuit had only one location, in Rockland, and has now grown to include stores in Belfast, Camden, Waterville and Brewer. It has 21 employees.

The company was chosen for its reputation as a well-run family business, impressive growth, social, ethical and environmental responsibility, and staff development procedures. Since 2011, Loyal Biscuit hosted 12 “Pints for Paws” fundraising events that raised more than $28,000 for local animal shelters.

The award, which has been presented since 1980, will be made at the association’s 80th annual meeting on Nov. 2 at O’Maine Studios in Portland.