A Sutton-in-Ashfield pet shop has announced it will close its doors for the final time next week after almost 40 years of trading, according to local reports.
According to local paper Chad, pet and fishing shop Petscene will close after its two owners made the decision to retire.
Brother-in-laws Cliff Hinks and Dave Ansell opened the store together in April 1981, and later opened two more sites in Warsop and Mansfield.
They told the local paper that the decision was in part made as trading was “not the same as it was” amid more online competition and declining high street footfall.
Hinks said: “We are past retirement age so we put it up on the market last year and that’s that really. It has paid our mortgages off and brought our families up.
“We started here in 1981, we then opened a branch in Warsop in 1985, and then one in Mansfield in 1986, so we had quite a nice business. Along the way, we sold off Warsop in 1990 and closed Mansfield down as part of the retirement strategy six and a half years ago.”
He added: “We both passed the 66 mark and our children are not interested in carrying on the family business as they all have nice jobs and it is not the same it was with the internet.
“When we started on Outram Street, every shop was independent traders – it was a very different kettle of fish. The town has changed.”
According to Chad, the brother-in-law’s were “innovative in their approach to the pet business, modernising the shop to create a welcoming self service approach”.
Hinks added: “We are definitely going to miss it because it has been a part of our lives for so long, don’t get me wrong we had to throw the towel in at some stage but I am sure it is going to be strange because we have been doing it for so long.
The store will officially close its doors on 29 October, and until its closure, it will be holding a 50% sale for its customers.