The Pet Store currently employs 10 colleagues who will now join the 720-strong workforce across the Jollyes UK network.
Jollyes said the three stores will complement its existing outlets in Yorkshire, where it already operates sites in Doncaster, Halifax, Keighley, Leeds, Selby, Sheffield and Wakefield.
Established by Barnsley entrepreneur Liz Bowers in 1991, The Pet Store has “built up a loyal customer base” across its stores in Barnsley, Denby Dale and Wakefield. Jollyes assured The Pet Store customers that they will “still be able to find the same ranges they’ve come to appreciate, with advice provided by the same ten-strong team across the three stores”.
Jollyes added that the acquisition marked a “marriage of two businesses dedicated to high quality and personal service for pet owners”.
Richard Cotter, executive chairman of Jollyes, said: “Liz has built up a wonderful business over the last 30 years – it’s clear her customers love the whole team and the service they’ve given Yorkshire pet lovers.
“Nothing pleases us more than that Liz has agreed to help lead the transition at the three stores as the team joins our Jollyes family. We’re excited at the addition of The Pet Store to our family and the start we’ve made to our growth plans.”
Liz Bowers, founder of The Pet Store, said: “We all can’t wait to start wearing the Jollyes red jumper. Over the course of the last few months, we’ve got to know the Jollyes team well and they’ve been fantastic to deal with. They’re already family.
“I know Jollyes share the same values we do and I’m certain the business I’ve nurtured over the last three decades is in very good hands.”
Following this investment, Jollyes expects to open more new stores through both the targeted strategic acquisition of smaller pet retailers and taking on new leases in “carefully thought-through locations” across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.