A premium pet shop and grooming salon in Clifton, Bristol has closed down – less than a year after opening.
BARC Clifton was run by Bristol Animal Rescue Centre and was launched in February to support the work of the organisation, with profits going back into the charity, Bristol Live reports.
The Portland Street site stocked a range of high-end clothing and accessories for pets and is home to its own grooming salon.
But it closed just before Christmas, resulting in the loss of four jobs, because it was unable to recruit enough members of grooming staff, a spokesman told Bristol Live.
“We are sad to announce the closure of our BARC Clifton shop. Our aim was to provide a range of high quality, cruelty-free pet goods and accessories underpinned by a top-notch grooming service using only cruelty-free products.
“Unfortunately, although we were well supported by the public, we have only been able to recruit a third of the grooming staff we needed.
“Our grooming service was a key part of our business plan, without the expert staff to meet demand we have very sadly had to take the decision to close the Clifton shop.
“Over the past year we have enjoyed being part of the Clifton community and are very grateful to our fantastic shop team of staff and volunteers for all their hard work – and to all of our lovely customers and their owners for their support.”
Bristol Animal Rescue Centre was formed in 1887.