Independent pet shop celebrates 25 years

Staff at Northumbria Pets in Alnwick are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the business. Picture by Jane Coltman
Staff at Northumbria Pets in Alnwick are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the business. Picture by Jane Coltman

A long-running Alnwick pet shop is celebrating a birthday milestone – and there will be a special anniversary promotion this weekend.

Northumbria Pets, on Bondgate Within, turns 25 years old on Thursday, June 1.

Over that time, the independent shop has become a firm favourite with customers and specialises in premium foods and quality products.

The business is owned by Keith and Luann Nichols and employs three members of staff, with more than 75 years’ combined experience in the pet trade.

And this Saturday, the shop will have a range of offers running based around the number 25; such as two draws to win a £25 in-store voucher; and 25 Northumbria Pets goody bags, among other things.

Keith said: “We are proud to have been of service to the people of Alnwick and surrounding areas and thank all of our customers who have made this milestone possible.

“The business has been built on a professional approach and a reputation for service and advice and the ability to obtain special-order products for customers from a wide selection of suppliers.”

The shop operates its own loyalty scheme, as well as others offered by food suppliers such as Burns and Eukanuba; a delivery and carry-to-car service; a fitting service for collars, coats and harnesses; and has a try-before-you-buy policy.

Northumbria Pets started in a corner shop on Fenkle Street, before moving to its current, larger premises 13 years ago. To begin with, it occupied half of the shop with an upstairs showroom, but a few years later expanded into the other half.

Staff have seen many changes in trends over the years, especially in feeding. Currently, raw feeding, grain-free diets and natural treats are in vogue and the shop stocks a range of these items.

For more details, visit the Northumbria Pets page on Facebook or call the shop on 01665 603116.