Pets At Home Pulls From New Store Opening Again



Pets At Home pulls from new store opening again
8th June 2018

By Sandra Pearce
Pets at Home has pulled out of a newly-developed Guisborough retail park, blaming the ‘volatile’ property market.
Last month, it pulled out from a Skegness store opening, citing the same reason.
The retailer had planned to open by the Spring and had even recruited staff for the new store, who it says will be offered alternative positions at nearby existing branches.
The pet supplies store had previously quashed rumours it was having second thoughts about opening in the town, which surfaced on social media last October, reports the Teeside Live.
The £24m Cleveland Gate already has various retailers on it including Marks & Spencer Simply Food and Aldi.
A spokesman at 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.”
Independent councillor for Guisborough ward Bill Clarke said: “Pets at Home have signed a long-term lease with the developers and are responsible or the vacant shop area which I understand they will start to advertise later this week. This means Pets at Home are out of pocket.”