Pets at Home has confirmed the closure of all seven of its Barkers stores across the country by the end of March.
The shops were dog-centric outlets, offering toys, accessories, food, treats and a grooming parlour.
The company said that the stores were trials and has said that it would offer its staff alternative roles in Pets at Home stores local to them.
A Pets at Home spokesperson said: “Barkers is a trial concept of a premium segment small-store format in seven high street locations around the country. There are a number of positive aspects from the trial that we will incorporate into our core Pets at Home stores, however we have concluded that the Barkers concept does not offer the potential to be rolled-out profitably.
“We have therefore decided to end the trial and close our seven Barkers stores by the end of March. All colleagues from our Barkers stores will be offered alternative roles in local Pets at Home stores.”