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Jollyes to invest in Northern Ireland market

The pet retail chain, which already has 12 stores in Northern Ireland, will begin the new investment programme on 11 December, opening a new 6,700 sq ft store

Jollyes has announced plans to invest £325,000 in Northern Ireland to open new stores and support key Irish suppliers. 

The pet retail chain, which already has 12 stores in Northern Ireland, will begin the new investment programme on 11 December, opening a new 6,700 sq ft store at Longwood retail park Newtownabbey to replace its shop at Glengormley. 

The new store opening will create five new jobs and bring a Pamper and Groom Spa to the town for the first time, a service only currently available at its stores at Belfast and Newry. 

The group also plans to open a site for the first time in Cookstown this February, having secured a 5,000 sq ft unit at Sweep Road retail park. The new Cookstown opening will reportedly create ten new roles and job applications.

Alongside the new openings, to support its current growth across the UK, Jollyes has also pledged to invest “significantly” in its Irish suppliers over the next 12 months. 

It said it was “proud” to have a strong Irish supply base for all its 70 stores across the UK and is now planning to step up investment with its Irish partners to help support its current growth. 

It will be working closely with family-owned Mackle Petfoods, for example, which is based in County Armagh on new and extended ranges following the success of Jollyes’ new Lifestage dog food range. All of Mackle meat is sourced from local suppliers where possible and is fully traceable to the farm of origin.  

It will also extend its relationship with Belfast-based Frozzys to widen availability of the manufacturer’s frozen yoghurt for dogs. Frozzys is designed to take time to eat, to prolong enjoyment and keep dogs mentally stimulated, as well as keep dogs cool. 

In addition, Jollyes is introducing new and high-quality design-led dog beds from Coolock Dublin-based manufacturer Beddies. Beddies is another family business owned by the Stevenson family, who also own Pownall and Hampson Ltd, a leading bedding manufacturer in Ireland. 

Laura Hadden, regional manager for Jollyes in Northern Ireland and Scotland, said: “People here in Northern Ireland love their pets and over the years we’ve built up a solid bond with our customers here right across the country. 

“We’re looking forward to reaching out to more customers here with a new store at Cookstown and a new state-of-the-art store at Newtownabbey. Together, they’ll give us the best offer we’ve ever had for pet owners in Northern Ireland.” 

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