British pet chain Jollyes is opening a new store in Bristol and creating 12 jobs.
The retailer has announced plans to invest £ 500,000 in the city, including opening a new branch in Brislington.
It is also moving its existing store from Longwell Green to Warmley, South Gloucestershire, and revamping its store at Cadbury Garden Center in Congresbury.
The expansion to Bristol is the first step in an ambitious growth strategy for the company, which has said it plans to open 20 more outlets across the UK over the next 18 months. The company said 150 jobs will be created as part of its expansion.
Changes in Bristol include:
On Saturday September 11, Jollyes will open a new store in Warmley to replace the store next to Wickes in Longwell Green. The new Warmley store will offer the same ranges as those currently available in Longwell Green and the 12 employees will be moved to the new location.
Subject to planning permission, Jollyes will open a new 7,500 square foot store in Brislington in December, employing 12 people. The store will have a range of live animals and a pet spa.
At the beginning of January, it will move its store from the Cadbury Garden Center in Congresbury, where 13 employees work, to a new unit in the garden center. The new store will also offer a range of live animals.
Jollyes will recruit to fill 12 new jobs that will become available in its Bristol stores once Brislington opens, in addition to the 25 jobs that will be saved by the offshoring.
Jollyes said demand has never been higher. During the pandemic, the company saw sales of pets, food and accessories increase, including sales of birds such as canaries, up 50%, and sales of reptiles, such as geckos. , up 14%. There was also a 10% increase in sales of wild bird seed as more and more people fed their garden birds.
Matt Godwin, Regional Manager for Jollyes in the South of England, said: “The people of the West of England love their pets and over the years we have built strong relationships with our customers here. in Bristol and beyond.
“We look forward to reaching more customers here with new stores in Warmley and Congresbury and a new state-of-the-art store in Brislington. Together they will make us the best deal we have ever had for pet owners in Bristol and the surrounding area.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA), 3.2 million households have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic, with cat and dog owners alone reaching 12 million each.
South West England has the highest percentage of UK cat owners with 21% of households, compared to a national average of 17%, with dog owners at 25, according to a report from the PFMA. %, on par with the national level.
In the coming year, Jollyes said he plans to open new stores through the targeted strategic acquisition of small pet retailers and new leases in “carefully selected” locations across the Kingdom. United and Northern Ireland.
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