Pet shop popularity rides high in local community

Photo shows: Kelly-Louise Burrows and Ashleigh Taylor of Bidford Pet Co Ltd with Ben Truslove, joint managing director of John Truslove
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A new Warwickshire pet store specialising in horse products has proved so popular that it could create four or more jobs by next spring.

Commercial property agency John Truslove helped Bidford Pet Co Ltd find Unit 30 on the Bidavon Industrial Estate on Waterloo Road in Bidford-on-Avon.

The pet shop and farm feed retailer, which opened during the COVID-19 lockdown in July, welcomes customers in store but will also take phone orders and can deliver bulky purchases locally.

Business partners Kelly-Louise Burrows and Ashleigh Taylor, who previously worked together in a dog-grooming business, launched the pet shop after seeing a gap in the market.

Kelly-Louise said: “Things have been really good since we opened, with takings growing much faster than we thought, especially given the current economic conditions.

“It’s the personal order and delivery service that has proved so successful because people just aren’t enjoying shopping themselves following COVID-19.”

The new shop is already employing Ms Burrows and Ms Taylor, with part time help from Ms Taylor’s mother, and it could employ two shop workers in 2021 if the early success continues.

Ms Burrows added: “The equine side of the business is popular as there’s nowhere else around here, and so horse-owners are really pleased to have somewhere local for what they need.”

John Truslove arranged a three-year deal at £12,000 a year for the 1,504 sq ft unit on behalf of landlord Adam Weaver, managing director of Automotive Brands and SteelSeal Ltd.

Ben Truslove, joint managing director at John Truslove, said: “We were delighted to have helped this new business open on the Bidavon Industrial Estate, where we are sure it will be a big success.

“This is a bright, new pet shop and equine supplies company, and Kelly and Ashleigh’s enthusiasm shines through in both the exterior signage and the interior design and lay-out.

“It’s great to have popular shops like this on the industrial estate where there’s great visibility to passing trade and plenty of parking available.”