Store To Close After Nearly 40 Years



Store to close after nearly 40 years
12th March 2018

By Karen Pickwick
A pet store that has been supplying shoppers and their furry friends in Amesbury, Wiltshire for more than three decades is to close its doors for the final time. 
Sue Osment, who runs Amesbury Pet Stores, is to shut the shop on April 21, some 36 years after joining the business as a sales assistant. 
According to a report in the Salisbury Journal, Sue served her first customer in 1982, when owner Frank Langley emigrated to Australia and his brother, Chris, offered her a job. 
Before long she was made manager and then company director of the Amesbury and Salisbury stores – but tragedy struck the shops in 2010 when Chris died. 
“It was his wish that I continue to keep the shops open,” Sue told the Journal. 
“Unfortunately the Salisbury shop had been struggling for quite a while. So in June 2012 I made the decision to close Salisbury for good.” 
Sue said there had been a lot of good times with staff and customers.
“We have all just worked in such a close-knit family atmosphere. Many have stayed for a long time,” she said. “I have met a lot of very nice people and some very happy and sad times. 
“I am sorry to the people of Amesbury that have supported us over the years they have been great, but I feel the time is right. We will all miss having a good laugh and a joke with all of our regular customers.” 
The Amesbury Pet Stores was originally opened in July 1979 by Chris and Frank Langley.