In This Issue
Surrey pet shops hit by spate of burglaries
Pets at Home pledges future expansion despite setbacks
Natures Menu named in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200
BBC produces video of Frozzys frozen yogurt for dogs
PIF extends member benefits with card processing scheme
Tougher and tastier – that's the new QuattroBone
Cotswold RAW takes healthy eating pet food on tour
Innocent offers retailers stunning free-standing display unit
Forthglade leads the way in protecting coastal path
Pooch & Mutt brings fun back to email marketing
Beaphar video proves pets are family too
New import rules on newts and salamanders in July
Give your dog a job on Bring Your Dog To Work Day
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Mars Petcare expands vet side of its business
Super-food for humans could work wonders for hedgehogs
Pet shop promotes dog-friendly town
Chuckit! runs rings around the competition
RHS targets £200m market with first-ever fully licensed range of bird feed
Believing in yourself is key to successful pet food business
The best of the previous Pet Trade Xtra
Pets at Home pull out of another new store…the second time within a month
New-look Just for Pets unveiled at Coventry store
PATS Telford attracts impressive 43 new exhibitors
Retailer continues ban on rabbit muesli sales
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Pets at Home pull out of another new store…the second time within a month


Pets at Home has halted plans to open a new store for the second time within the space of a month. The latest move sees the UK’s largest pet retail chain pulling out of a newly-developed Guisborough retail park, following a similar decision in Skegness last month.


The company has blamed a volatile property market for both decisions.


A spokesperson for Pets at Home told Pet Trade Xtra the retail giant was committed to future expansion, stating: “When we announced our results on 22 May we said we would open up to five superstores in the current financial year.  While we keep the details under careful review that is our plan.”


The decision to withdraw from a planned new store at Cleveland Gate Retail Park, Guisborough, was reported by the Teeside Gazette.


The newspaper stated Pets at Home had recruited staff for the new store.


Pets at Home said: “We keep our opening plans under regular review as store openings can take some time to come to fruition and both the retail environment and the property market can be volatile.


“At a recent review of our store opening plans we decided, with regret, not to progress with our plan to open a store in Guisborough.


“We appreciate that this will be disappointing to customers who were looking forward to a new store and apologise for the change in our plans.


“Colleagues who have started training with us will be offered alternative positions in one of our nearby stores.”


Similar comments were made after the decision not to open a store in Skegness in May.


The full story on the Cleveland Gate Retail Park decision can be read by clicking here

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