Independent pet stores under threat from Pets at Home's one-stop shop scheme
The future of many independent pet shops could be threatened if Pets at Home decide to launch convenience-style stores in high streets across the UK. That's the view of award-winning retailer of the year Ingleby Pet Supplies.
"Pets At Home already dominate the pet retail sector," said Dawn Worton, pictured above with husband Craig receiving the Independent Retailer of the Year award from actor Brian Blessed at the Pet Industry Awards.
"With Pets at Home stores situated in most out of town retail parks I feel there is no need for them to move on to the high street.
"For many small local independent pet retailers a new Pets at Home convenience type store opening on their high street could be the beginning of the end.
"I think it's a shame that Pets at Home have decided to move in this direction and hopefully pet owners will continue to support their local independent pet stores who rely on their custom to survive."