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Jollyes pet shop chain to open Bristol store and create jobs


UK 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 relocating its existing store in Longwell Green to Warmley, South Gloucestershire, and revamping its store at Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury.

The expansion in Bristol is the first stage of an ambitious growth strategy by the company, which said it is planning to open 20 more outlets across the UK in the next 18 months. The firm said 150 jobs would be created as part of its expansion.

Changes in Bristol include:

  • On Saturday, September 11, Jollyes will open a new store at Warmley to replace the store next to Wickes at Longwell Green. The new Warmley store will offer the same ranges as those currently available in Longwell Green and all 12 staff will transfer to the new location.

  • Subject to planning permission, Jollyes will open a new 7,500 square feet store at Brislington in December, employing 12 staff. The store will have a range of live animals and a pet spa.

  • In early January, it will relocate its store at the Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury, where 13 staff work, to a new unit at the garden centre. The new store will also have a range of live animals.

  • Jollyes will recruit to fill 12 new jobs that will be available across its Bristol stores once Brislington opens, in addition to the 25 jobs that will be safeguarded by the relocations.

Jollyes said demand had never been higher. During the pandemic the company saw increased sales of pets, food and accessories, including sales of birds such as canaries, up 50% and sales of reptiles, such as geckos, up 14%. There was also a 10% rise in sales of wild bird seed as more people fed their garden birds.

Matt Godwin, regional manager for Jollyes in the south of England, said: “People in the West of England love their pets and over the years we’ve built up a solid bond with our customers here in Bristol and beyond.

“We’re looking forward to reaching out to more customers here with new stores at Warmley and Congresbury and a new state-of-the-art store at Brislington. Together, they’ll give us the best offer we’ve ever had for pet owners in and around Bristol.”

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 ownership alone reaching 12 million each.

According to a PFMA report, South West England has the highest percentage of cat ownership in the UK at 21% of households, against a national average of 17%, with dog ownership at 25%, on a par with the national level.

In the year ahead, Jollyes said it expected to open new stores through the targeted strategic acquisition of smaller pet retailers and taking on new leases in “carefully selected” locations in the UK and Northern Ireland.

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