A new store that specialises in raw pet food has today opened its doors in Telford today (1 June).
Plans to open Roxy’s Raw Foods had initially been formed pre-Covid by owners Keith Murray and Ros Crocker, who have now opened the site in Wombridge Road Shopping Centre, Trench.
According to Shropshire Live, the couple took pre-orders for delivery and collection prior to the site’s opening, due to a high level of interest from local pet owners.
The refurbished shop will stock frozen, raw dog food, with the aim to expand its offerings for other pets in the future.
Murray told Shropshire Live: “Raw pet food is already a huge market across the UK and an area which has experienced significant growth over the last 12 months.
“We had enjoyed the improved health and wellbeing of our beloved dogs Roxy and Tigger since introducing a raw food diet and wanted to be able to offer this conveniently here in Telford.”
He added: “Obviously Covid-19 and lockdown wasn’t part of the business plan but we have continued through and secured the lease and are nearly ready to open our doors.
“We will be opening under social distancing rules so just like people have been queuing two metres apart to go into supermarkets, the same will happen at Roxy’s Raw Food and we will operate a one in, one out procedure for now until rules are relaxed further.”
Crocker said: “Independently owned shops have really excelled – they have been forced into offering a new service and to go on-line whereas they may not have previously needed to and have offered a delivery service which they previously may not have done.
“We want people to really appreciate those who have gone above and beyond and to continue using their local shop or supplier as we come through this pandemic.”
She added: “Raw food has been a game changer for our two much loved companions and we want to share that offering to other pet lovers.
“Our suppliers are some of the best in the country – any pet lover will know they only want the best for their pet and it is the minimum they deserve.”