Retailer On Hunt For New Premises

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Retailer on hunt for new premises
10th April 2018

By Karen Pickwick
A long-established, family-run pet store could be forced to shut if its owners do not find affordable premises elsewhere.
 
Parker’s Pet Foods & Aquatics has been trading in Stoke Newington, London for 43 years – the store was opened by Albert Parker in 1975 and is now run by his sons, Mike and Jeff.
 
The pair sold the freehold to the premises two years ago and had an arrangement with the freeholder to remain until now. According to the Hackney Gazette, the owner now wants to convert the shop into a restaurant.
 
Mike and Jeff, who also run a reptile and aquatic shop in Romford and a kennels in Harlow, have been looking unsuccessfully for another shop locally.
 
“We are disappointed,” Mike told the local newspaper. “We have loyal regular customers and they are disappointed, too. They want us to find somewhere else because there isn’t really another local pet shop in the locality, so we are still looking around to see if we can find something suitable.”