Pet and pet pharmacy owner Fruth Petco has confirmed he will close his pharmacy at Highland Mall in Worthington, due to the growing popularity of pets.
Petco said that his two-storey premises at Highland were now on the market, with the intention of relocating to another location by the end of the year.
He said that he had been looking to open a new pharmacy for a few months, but was not confident the demand would be there in time.
“We have had a very positive response to our products, so I think we have had enough of waiting,” he said.
“I have always had an ethos of caring for animals and we have a very strong relationship with our customers and our staff.”
But the demand is very high, and it’s very easy to be taken for granted.
“The Petco brand is the best in the world, so we can’t afford to lose that.”
At the end, we want to do what we can to make it as successful as possible.
“It is a very emotional time for me, and for the people who have been with us for a long time.
I am really grateful for the support from my customers and staff.”
Fruth Petcco is a former pharmacist who started a pet pharmacy at his own house in the early 1990s.
Petco now owns three pharmacies in the Highlands, in Worthorne, Newbridge and Newborough.
In recent years, the area has experienced a surge in the number of pet owners taking up the hobby.
A spokesperson for Petco said: “We have been pleased to see the growing number of people taking up this hobby.”
Our aim is to provide the best possible service for our customers, and the success of our business depends on that.
“Petco operates at a loss, and operates three Petco stores in the country.
He said that they had a large stock of Petco pet supplies in stock and were looking to grow.
He also has a Petco dog store in Worthyorne, and two in Newbridge.