Pets at Home announced plans for expansion including a new high-street dog spa as it posted a rise in profits yesterday.
The chain, which runs 400 pets stores and 338 vets’ practices, said it will open five stores called Barkers, which will offer premium products and grooming services for dogs.
The Cheshire-based business said it will boost the rest of its estate by opening at least 20 to 25 other pet stores, 50 to 55 vets and 55 to 60 grooming rooms that offer baths and blow dries for pets.
Overall, the group said underlying earnings jumped 9.6 per cent to £121.3m in the year to March 26, as its nutrition, grooming and click and collect services all grew.
It added that its VIP Club loyalty card leapt by 1.2 million members to 3.2 million during the period, representing more than 10.5 million pets.
The chain said VIP Club card swipes accounted for 65 per cent of sales at stores in the final quarter of the year, compared with 52 per cent in the same period 12 months ago.
It said it would launch an app for VIP Club members this year which would allow them to take better advantage of promotions and offers.
The group added that sales of its own-label pet food business, Wainwright’s, which sells a lamb and rice dish for dogs, jumped 44.1 per cent to £40.1m during the period.