Pets at Home in Knutsford to close after failing to agree extension on its lease

Pets at Home in Knutsford to close after failing to agree extension on its lease

Pets at Home in Knutsford to close after failing to agree extension on its lease

Pets at Home in Knutsford to close after failing to agree extension on its lease

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

A NATIONAL chain of pet shops with a store in the heart of Knutsford has said it will close in two weeks after failing to agree an extension to its lease with a town landlord.

Pets at Home has announced that its store on Canute Place will close on Saturday, June 14.

The company said the decision had been taken after bosses were unable to agree ‘satisfactory terms’ on a new lease with landlord, Monckton Properties.

The store opened its doors in Knutsford for the first time in 2003 and employees from the store will be offered alternative roles at nearby Pets at Home stores, including those in Northwich and Altrincham.

Jason Hunter, area manager for Pets at Home, said: “The decision was certainly not made lightly but the new terms proposed by the landlord at the end of the current lease were not acceptable and have made it impossible for us to continue trading in the property.

“It is therefore with regret that we have to close the Knutsford store next month and would ask our loyal customers to continue to shop with us in nearby stores.”

Monckton Properties told the Guardian it was sorry to see Pets at Home leave the town but added four new businesses were set to move into the town in the near future, including a new restaurant on King Street.

A spokesman for Monckton Properties Ltd said: “We are extremely heartened by the extremely strong interest already expressed in the town and Canute Place by occupiers ideally suited to Knutsford.

“We are always sorry to lose any tenant and are especially pleased that Pets at Home are able to offer both staff and customers to a number of local shops.

"We would add Pets at Home demanded a rent reduction over five years on a 'take-it-or-leave it' basis, which unfortunately left no opportunity to agree a renewal with them.

"Monckton Properties Ltd and the Tatton Estate are delighted to see Knutsford and Cheshire prosper after the difficult times of recent years and look forward to helping old and new businesses here go from strength to strength.”

The town will not be left without a specialist pet store as the indoor market on Silk Mill Street is home to one.

But a fellow business owner in the town, who did not wish to be named, told the Guardian smaller independent stores did not stand much chance if a national chain could not agree new leases.

“It is going to have such an impact on the other businesses in the area and I know many are fearful that there is some sort of agenda,” she said.

“Everybody is in shock that they have decided to leave.

“Moves like this will just drive people away from shopping in the town.”

Pets at Home said it would offer customers at the Knutsford store a voucher for 20 per cent off their next purchase at other nearby stores in Northwich, Baguley, Stockport and Altrincham until July 31.

Vouchers will be available from Thursday, May 29 until the store closes.

What do you think about Pets at Home moving out of the town centre? Email yourviews@guardiangrp.co.uk

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9:04pm Tue 27 May 14

tillynpebbs says...

We're all devastated as animal lovers to lose our 'pets @ home' shop. It's been a great asset to knutsford. It teaches children how to care for their pets. They are big supporters to local animal sanctuarys, where else in our lovely little town offers that to children and families? I am sure Monkton properties have other plans, perhaps another eatery or a supermarket! Knutsford used to cater for locals and visitors for uniqueness, which I fear landlords would not appreciate. We can only hope they find another suitable property in town. I feel sorry for the kids seeing them excited about buying their pets new toys, food and the chance to meet other animal lovers. Thank you to all the lovely, helpful staff, good luck for the future!from a youngish town resident and animal lover!
We're all devastated as animal lovers to lose our 'pets @ home' shop. It's been a great asset to knutsford. It teaches children how to care for their pets. They are big supporters to local animal sanctuarys, where else in our lovely little town offers that to children and families? I am sure Monkton properties have other plans, perhaps another eatery or a supermarket! Knutsford used to cater for locals and visitors for uniqueness, which I fear landlords would not appreciate. We can only hope they find another suitable property in town. I feel sorry for the kids seeing them excited about buying their pets new toys, food and the chance to meet other animal lovers. Thank you to all the lovely, helpful staff, good luck for the future!from a youngish town resident and animal lover! tillynpebbs
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3:08pm Fri 30 May 14

Jonte T says...

How sad that this store is to close. But eh the good news is that Knutsford gets ANOTHER restaurant - like it needs one.
When are the landlords going to wake up and realise that this is a locals town as well. Pets at Home have done such a great job over the years and now just because someone wants more money it has to close. Its not just about the store its the people who work there as well. I have been using the shop for a bout 4 years and the advice and helpfulness of the staff has been second to none. If the landlords keep putting the the rents it wont be long before we have no High Street for shop's, it will be Restaurant after Restaurant. As a last comment I would like to wish the staff all they very best for the future and I hope all turns out well for you.

Jonte Thomson
How sad that this store is to close. But eh the good news is that Knutsford gets ANOTHER restaurant - like it needs one. When are the landlords going to wake up and realise that this is a locals town as well. Pets at Home have done such a great job over the years and now just because someone wants more money it has to close. Its not just about the store its the people who work there as well. I have been using the shop for a bout 4 years and the advice and helpfulness of the staff has been second to none. If the landlords keep putting the the rents it wont be long before we have no High Street for shop's, it will be Restaurant after Restaurant. As a last comment I would like to wish the staff all they very best for the future and I hope all turns out well for you. Jonte Thomson Jonte T
  • Score: 2

10:06am Sat 31 May 14

mostynthecat says...

So 4 new businesses will be opening soon - are we allowed to be told what they are in terms of which companies consider a town with more than its fair share of hairdressers/estate agents and restaurants a good place to locate.

Let us not forget that, if the propsed new housing estates are built - this will lead to more customers in the town - and is the current town centre (the layout, size of shops and range of shops) really suitable for a growing town?
So 4 new businesses will be opening soon - are we allowed to be told what they are in terms of which companies consider a town with more than its fair share of hairdressers/estate agents and restaurants a good place to locate. Let us not forget that, if the propsed new housing estates are built - this will lead to more customers in the town - and is the current town centre (the layout, size of shops and range of shops) really suitable for a growing town? mostynthecat
  • Score: 2

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