This article was originally published on The Lincolnshire Echo.
Twelve new jobs will be created when a Lincoln pet store’s £271,000 makeover is unveiled in March.
The Pets at Home store on Tritton Road has been undergoing a refit since Monday, January 6.
As part of the quarter of a million pound development, the store is set to gain a Vets4Pets veterinary service.
It will play host to a full operating theatre, digital X-ray facilities, an in-house laboratory and a hospital ward.
A groom room will also be added for pooches in need of a pamper. This will offer grooming for all types of dog, plus bath and blow dry facilities and nail clipping.
And a dozen new posts are being created to provide the vet and grooming services.
Store manager Vicki Coombs said: “We’ve listened carefully to what our customers have been telling us and we’re confident the store’s new layout will be just what they want.
“Our mission is to ensure pets live a happy and healthy life and the addition of a grooming salon and vet surgery means our customers will now find everything they need to care for their pets under one roof.”
Nearby businesses have already welcomed the transformation work.
Angela Parker is assistant manager of Tritton Road’s Bensons for Beds outlet.
She said: “We haven’t noticed a change at all. We have no end of people coming in and customers are still going there.
“It will be brilliant and should increase our custom with more people walking past.”
Mobile dog groomer Christalle Harrington from Scruffy 2 Fluffy said: “I think people are loyal to the person that grooms their pet.
“So unless it’s more convenient for them to get to Pets at Home, I don’t think it will affect rival services.
“I think people will use the salon because it is a well-known pet brand, but people tend to use mobile services if they can’t drive and things.”
But Charlotte Harrison, who owns local dog grooming service Room to Groom, thinks the revamp could be a problem.
“I think that it could affect us, they’re really well-known and because of that, people may decide to go. They’ve also got an expensive range of pet supplies and equipment and more money to put into advertising compared to smaller salons.
“I do have a good client base though with competitive prices. Local groomers will have to be a lot more competitive to keep going. I’m planning on moving the unit outside to deal with a larger range of dogs.”
A series of events, including a party weekend, will be taking place in the store to celebrate its refit when it reopens on Saturday, March 1.