The owners of a Hull pet shop that is to close just six months after opening are blaming the internet.
Marion Wetherell, who runs K & M Pet Store, told Hull Live that the business was ‘not making any profit’ so she had no choice but to close its doors due to the ‘crippling’ impact of the internet.
The shop traded in Greenwood Avenue for eight years before its owner made the move to Hessle Road. But she has found trading increasingly difficult in the street and says customers have told her they can buy cheaper online.
Describing her tough decision, Marion, said: “We’ve been open since February. It’s not making any profit. It is the online shopping that is killing it. The internet is crippling all the shops… Most people shop on the internet.”
K & M has been running a closing down sale to move its final stock before closing for good.
Marion said the internet was driving down prices to such an extent that the only way she could get people to buy her products was by selling them at the same price she bought them in for.
“It’s just a shame it didn’t work,” she told Hull Live. “They just come in and tell you they can get it cheaper online. It’s just not worth it in the long run.”