THE LAST empty spot in a major Arbroath retail park is set to be filled this winter.
Pets at Home have agreed to open a new store in the old Acorn Pet Centre at the Westway Retail Park on November 2.
Arbroath and Letham SNP councillor Ewan Smith welcomed the investment into not only the Westway, but which could also potentially be used to draw people into the town centre.
He said: “I’m delighted that yet another major retailer has decided to move into the Westway Retail Park.
“Over the past year this has become a vibrant shopping hub and I hope this can not only prevent locals from leaving the town to shop but to entice visiting shoppers.
“The challenge is now to try and promote our town in such a way that any visiting shoppers are drawn further into town to visit Arbroath’s historic town centre.
“We have a lot of untapped potential in our town that I would love to see fulfilled and in incredibly challenging times all forms of investment are welcomed.”
The company will be investing more than £290,000 in the store and will also provide 12 new jobs.
Pets at Home is committed to recruiting from the local area and applicants go through a number of stages to assess their compatibility for the role.
Animal welfare is at the heart of its business, which is why it believes in employing pet lovers to serve pet lovers.
Store manager Mo Williams has been with the company for more than 15 years. She has a cat called Scooby and a collection of fish.
Mo said: “I love my job and working with pets. We are all passionate about pets, which is evident to everyone who visits a Pets at Home store.
“Every day brings new challenges and it’s never the same two days running. I enjoy interacting with customers and giving them the help and advice they need.
“Thanks to Pets at Home, I am fully qualified to advise on all types of pets from rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas to fish and reptiles.
“I’m delighted to be opening our new store in Arbroath. It will offer everything a pet owner could wish for, all under one roof. We will provide plenty of advice and ideas for customers and we welcome pets of all shapes and sizes.”