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Exeter Pets at Home store to permanently close

Retail chain Pets at Home has closed one of its stores in Exeter.

The Marsh Barton site stopped trading on Friday (7 August), but will keep its other outlet at Rydon Lane retail park.

According to Devon Live, Pets at Home confirmed that 20% of the store’s workforce will lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Confirming the closure on Facebook, Exeter Pets at Home said: “We’re really sorry but this store is now permanently closed. We want to say a big thank you to all of our loyal customers, we hope to see you at our Exeter Pets At Home store soon.”

A spokesperson for Pets at Home told Devon Live: ”As we enter the period towards the end of our store lease agreements, we always review the viability of each store for the years ahead.

”Sometimes there are locations where we don’t see that the store has a profitable trading future and, for that reason, regrettably we have taken the difficult decision to close our Exeter Marsh Barton store which will stop trading on 7 August”

They added: ”On the rare occasion that we do decide to close a store, our main priority is always our colleagues. We are pleased to have been able to find alternative roles for the majority of the team and are doing everything we can to support them through what is understandably a difficult time.”

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