THE future of Evesham’s Just for Pets store has been secured after a Nottingham company bought the stricken pet retailer out of administration.
The deal announced on Wednesday will see the Worcestershire based firm continue operating after it was bought by newly formed company PSR Trading Limited – a sister company of Pedigree Wholesale.
As a result more than 200 jobs have been saved at Just for Pets’ head office and at 18 stores across the country.
It also means the pet retailer’s Swan Lane store will remain open.
However, as part of the deal, a small number of stores will be closed and will no longer be part of the Just for Pets store network.
This includes the Bessie & Boo store in Evesham which was part of the Just for Pets business and employees based at this store have been issued with redundancy notices by the Administrator.
Just for Pets’ new owner, Pedigree Wholesale, has been involved in the pet sector for 45 years.
Company bosses have said they will continue Just for Pets’ offering of outstanding pet care products and knowledge which has helped the pet retailer develop its loyal customer base.
Steve Brown, MD of Pedigree Wholesale, said: “On hearing that the future of Just for Pets was under threat Pedigree Wholesale felt we could play a role in using our pet business expertise to secure a new future for Just for Pets.
“We know Just for Pets has a great reputation for offering outstanding customer service and has developed a loyal customer base so we are pleased that Pedigree Wholesale can now create a future for the business and the brand.
“Whilst the acquisition of Just for Pets offers an exciting new opportunity for all involved, we accept that a small number of staff will not be part of the business going forward and we wish to recognise and thank them for the contribution they have made to Just for Pets.
“The addition of Just for Pets to the Pedigree Wholesale family reinforces our commitment to investing and driving innovation within the pet sector which we believe will support the interests of all who care about maintaining a great choice of pet products for pet lovers.”