We are on the look-out for new store locations across the UK and we’d like your help. Recommend an appropriate site for a new store that meets our criteria and if your suggestion results in us sealing the deal we will give you £500.*
If you are a commercial property agent making an introduction then acquisition fees will be agreed in the normal way.
Here are the key areas we’re looking at right now:
We would consider:
- Units with a minimum of 2,000 square feet
- Prominent main road locations
- Freehold or leasehold
- Parking for a minimum of 4 cars
- Preferably located in an area with a high percentage of Acorn Groups 1 and 2 or ABC1
We consistently get fabulous feedback from our customers about the ease of access and great parking facilities we offer so this is a must for new locations. We also want to ensure that we remain true to our environmental policies so wherever possible we will seek buildings that will deliver our high expectations for being eco-friendly and have exceptional environmental ratings.
Finally, our clean, well presented stores already stand out from our competitors however we would rather not be right next door to them so only sites that aren’t within close proximity will be considered.
Contact Simon Forrest
Simon runs our store acquisition programme and is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the property industry. He has been part of the Pets Corner family for 10 years and understands explicitly the factors that contribute to a successful store location. If you have a suggested site please contact Simon who will be able to make a quick, in-principle decision.
Example Shop Locations
Due to the existence of two large competitor pet retailers Stratford-upon-Avon proved to be a more difficult town in which to secure a suitable site. In 2012 we were fortunate enough to find a lease on a property just south of the town and next door to a high end supermarket – helping to establish ourselves in an out of town location. Stratford-upon-Avon is a model that we are particularly keen to repeat in other areas.
Our beautiful Dorking store was home to the former Victorian fire station and subsequently the town’s library. After the library closed it remained empty for some time before we breathed new life into the stunning structure. Located just off the high street in an ideal position for passing traffic and close to the charming town centre, it is one of our most successful stores.
Our Shoreham-by-Sea store was previously home to a car repair and MOT workshop. After obtaining the site in 2012 we set to work painstakingly renovating the building, removing redundant oil and petrol tanks and clearing up some minor ground contamination. Located on a main road close to the town centre, we now share the building with a veterinary practice and have seen the store go from strength to strength.
When we found this store it was a bathroom showroom on the ground floor with admin offices upstairs. We purchased the building off the bathroom company and relocated them to the first floor. We obtained A1 planning permission for the ground floor and then set about converting and renovating the building to include new shop fronts and recladding the exterior. There is parking immediately by the front door for our customers.
Our shop here forms part of a terrace of shops in a brand new development about 2 miles from Altrincham. It is the latest store in our ongoing expansion in the North of England. Our shop is conveniently located opposite a Booth’s supermarket with whom we share the on-site car park.
This store was a derelict former public house fronting the A4 Bath Road on the outskirts of Reading. We could see that a busy road like this would be good for passing trade so we set about converting the property. Internal walls were removed to create an open plan retail store. Any alterations to the exterior of the building had to be carried out sympathetically as the property is located in a conservation zone. There is customer parking for about 8 cars on the front forecourt.
This was a new development under construction and anchored by a Co-op convenience store when it was spotted by one of our eagle-eyed staff. Situated on a main road running into Andover from the south it allowed us to relocate from a nearby garden centre location thereby improving both the prominence of our pitch and turnover. Customer convenience has been enhanced with a car park immediately outside the front door.
We acquired this shop when we purchased the Pampurred Pets chain in 2016. The shop was undersized and had no customer parking but there was a derelict building at the rear. We approached our landlord and agreed that they would build a modern extension on the rear of our shop and provide 3 customer car spaces. The new space allowed us to add a dog grooming salon and offer our full range of lovely products.
This derelict former bank building with a single flat upstairs had been empty for 3 years when we found it. We saw the potential of the location with it’s convenient rear customer car park. We purchased the property and then obtained planning permission to extend the old banking hall with a new timber clad extension on the front. We also converted the first floor office to provide another flat.