Pet retailer Jollyes has said it will invest Â£ 325,000 in new stores in Northern Ireland while strengthening relationships with suppliers on both sides of the border.
The company, which has 12 stores here, created five new jobs by opening a new unit at Longwood Retail Park in Newtownabbey on Saturday to replace its store in Glengormley. The store also contains a ‘pamper and groom’ spa.
And Jollyes will also open its first store in Cookstown in February at the city’s Sweep Road Retail Park, creating 10 new jobs.
Further growth is in sight, the company said, as it plans to acquire smaller pet retailers and acquire new leases.
Jollyes said it is also investing significantly in its suppliers across the island of Ireland, which supply all of its 70 stores across the UK.
This involves expanding its lines of Mackle Petfoods in County Armagh, which manufactures the company’s Lifestage dog food, and frozen pet food brand Frozzys in Belfast.
Laura Hadden, Regional Manager for Jollyes Northern Ireland and Scotland, said: âWe look forward to reaching more customers here with a new store in Cookstown and a new state-of-the-art store in Newtownabbey. “
The first Jollyes opened in Enfield, England in 1971.