Pet retailer of the year Jollyes created 10 new jobs in Cookstown on Saturday when it opened its brand-new store at the town’s Sweep Road Retail Park.
Molly, the Springer Spaniel who became famous after the story of her being stranded in the Mourne Mountains for three nights during Storm Franklin touched the hearts of thousands of people, had the honour of officially opening the new store.
Accompanied by her pet-sitting pal and Derry Girls actor Ian McElhinney, as well as Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr Paul McLean, the happy pup was pictured having a great day as she was treated to a special pamper hamper from Laura May Hadden, Northern Ireland and Scotland regional manager for Jollyes.
The opening of the 5,000 sq ft store takes the number of Jollyes in Northern Ireland to 13 as the company continues its programme of expansion. The store opens as Jollyes revealed plans to invest £325,000 in Northern Ireland to open new stores and support key suppliers across the island of Ireland.
From modest beginnings in Enfield as a single store in 1971, Jollyes has now grown into one of the leading pet food superstores with almost 70 locations across the UK alongside a market-leading position in Northern Ireland.
From Perth to Plymouth, Newry to Norwich, at Jollyes customers can find anything for their pet, from pet food, pet toys and an array of pet accessories.
Customers are actively encouraged to bring their pets into store, while customers shop because Jollyes people are passionate about pets.
Potty about puppies and crazy for cats, no matter what the animal, store colleagues are always on hand to help with anything from product advice, to picking the perfect pet and accessories.
Many stores also run community clinics offering vaccinations and other advice from trained vets. And if one of Jollyes stores isn’t close by, there’s helpful advice on Jollyes website where you can ask the expert.
Jollyes was recently named Pet Retail Chain of the Year at the Pet Industry Federation Awards.