// Jollyes is set to accelerate growth by opening up to 20 new stores over the next 18 months through new leases and the acquisition of smaller retailers
// During the year the pet retailer saw its customer visits rise by 13%
Pet retailer Jollyes has unveiled plans to accelerate growth by opening up to 20 new stores over the next 18 months.
After experiencing significant growth over the past two years, its latest news will create over 150 jobs for those wanting to work with animals.
Jollyes is also planning new investment in its product ranges, marketing and colleagues as it reinforces its position as ‘The Pet People’ through the in-depth expertise of its team who can offer advice on anything pet-related.
In its most recent quarter, which ended on the August 29, Jollyes delivered 21 per cent like-for-like growth compared to the same period in 2019.
All regions across the UK have seen double digit growth with a particularly exceptional
performance in Northern Ireland.
For the 12 months to May 2021, Jollyes saw its customer visits rise by 13 per cent to £77 million compared to 2020, thanks to new lockdown pet owners, the introduction of its Pet Club scheme and new services such as dog grooming through its growing network of spas.
Jollyes executive chairman Richard Cotter said: “While remaining open throughout the pandemic to serve pet lovers has not been easy because of the added cost and complexity, our people have more than risen to the challenge, and we’ve enjoyed a very successful year with sensational progress,”
“We’re excited about our future – we’ve worked hard to build a strong platform that will allow us to do much more – new and better stores, wider ranges and further investment in our people as we bring their passion for pets to more communities across the UK.”