Impact of FREE Parking on Trade

When we originally opened Angell Pets In 2009 it was in a location with ample FREE parking. This was our first location and so we had no idea how much the provision of this free parking was having on our trade. We knew that we were attracting a wide range of customers. Local foot and cycle traffic from the surrounding estates, customers from other areas of Gloucester and customers from further afield. However what we did not know was how much having the free parking was contributing to this business. When we were forced to move from this location at the end of the lease we found a larger shop close to the city centre but about a 100 yards from a large carpark. This was not free but had lots of spaces.

Moving locations effected our turnover significantly, as we expected it would, reduding it by around 40% in the first month. However, with hard work we were able to drive turnover back up to almost pre move levels over the next 6 months. Then Gloucester City Council, at the behest of the Quays, closed the carpark. The effect was dramatic and overnight. Turnover dropped by over 50% and nothing we could do would drive it back up, including having a FREE local delivery service. We did raise an objection to the closure beforehand but the response from the council was “we have done research and it shows the effect on local business will be negligible”. Well, we did not find a 50% reduction in trade negligible. We made a decision there and then to move again and find a location with free parking. However we were tied into a lease for three years before we could action a break clause so we ran our business on half what we were used to for two and a half years before moving again. We are still feeling the financial fallout from this.

free parking

Our new location in Hucclecote has plenty of FREE parking. It is also within walking distance of large residential areas and in a convenient location for access to customers coming from further afield by car or bus. We have been open here for 6 months now and takings have risen every month, without fail, since we opened. We have had a host of customers returning who used to use us but stopped when the carpark near our last shop was closed plus lots of new local customers and even more from other towns such as Stroud, Cheltenham, Hereford, Ross and Worcester. All have indicated that at least part of the reason for coming was ease of access and free parking.

Before writing this I did some research and worryingly, most of the advice councils use to determine parking policy suggests that providing free parking does not boost trade and that charging for parking does! Most also suggests that providing more spaces does not help and some even suggests that providing more spaces and/or free spaces actually drives people away. Well our findings aren’t based on surveys or questionaires but on real experience and data and I can assure the councils that customers don’t like having parking restricted or being over charged and that they really do appreciate having ample spaces offered to them for free.

I would suggest that until councils review the advice they are taking to set parking policy we will continue to see trade driven away from city centres. Great for business like us now though with ample free parking right outside our front door!

 

The Angell Pets Team

Pet Shop Gloucester 10% Off All Small Animal Cages And Hutches

We are giving a discount of 10% on all our small animal cages, hutches and runs whilst current stocks last in our pet shop Gloucester. This includes wire cages, glass enclosures, wooden hutches and rabbit and guinea pig runs.

These discounts are only avaiable in store and are for current stock. Once they are gone they are gone, so make sure you get in quick to grab one of the offers. We have listed a few items below but there are lots more. Visit us in store in our Gloucester pet shop to see the full range.

pet shop gloucester

Orchard Hutch – Normal price £139.99 – only £125.99

pet shop gloucester

All Metal, Triple Height Cage – Normal Price £99.99 – only £89.99

pet shop gloucester

Rydon Hamster Cage Two Tier – Normal Price £25.99 – only £23.39

pet shop gloucester

Critters Choice Glass Enclosure Extra Large – Normal Price £92.99 – only £83.69

pet shop gloucester

Harrisons Sandford Run – Normal Price £49.99 – only £44.99

Angell Pets pet shop Gloucester is now in Hucclecote, with easy access from all local areas and a large FREE carpark. We stock food and accessories for small animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, fish, poultry, wild birds, cats and dogs, as well as a large range of quality livestock.

July Offers

Angell Pets July offers are now avaiable in store and on line. Some great offers again including flea treatments for dogs and for cats. Which is handy because the little so and sos are going to be breeding and maturing like crazy in this weather!
Tetra Pond Sticks

Tetra Pond Sticks 4L ONLY £7.99 RRP £11.50

GB Chewy Twisters

GB Pawsley Deli Chewy Twisters ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

GB Chicken Calcium Bones

GB Pawsley Deli Chicken & Calcium Bones ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

GB Chicken Strips

GB Pawsley Deli Chewy Chicken Strips ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

4Fleas Kitten

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Kitten 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Cat

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Cat 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Small Dog

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Small Dog 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

4Fleas Puppy

Johnsons 4Fleas Spot On Puppy 2 Treatment ONLY £6.49 RRP £8.19

Burgess Cat Chicken

Burgess Cat Chicken & Duck 10kg ONLY £19.99 RRP £28.61

Burgess Cat Salmon

Burgess Cat Salmon 10kg ONLY £19.99 RRP £28.61

Winalot Pouch

Winalot Pouch Chicken,Lamb & Beef 44 Pack ONLY £6.99 RRP £9.50

Felix AGAIL Fish

Felix AGAIL Ocean Feasts In Jelly 40 Pack ONLY £11.99 RRP £16.00

Felix AGAIL Mixed

Felix AGAIL Mixed Selection In Jelly 40 Pack ONLY £11.99 RRP £16.00

Whiskas 1+ in Gravy

Whiskas 1+ Pouch Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Whiskas Kitten In Gravy

Whiskas 2 – 12 Months Kitten Pouches Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Whiskas 7+ In Gravy

Whiskas 7+ Pouches Poultry In Gravy 12 Pack ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.09

Misfits Twists

Misfits Twists With Beef & Cheese ONLY 99p RRP £1.29

Burns Sensitive Pork

Burns Sensitive Pork 15kg ONLY £41.49 RRP £56.49

Burns Sensitive Duck

Burns Sensitive Duck 15kg ONLY £41.49 RRP £56.49

Kong Wiggi Giraffe

Kong Wiggi Giraffe Large ONLY £3.99 RRP £6.99

Wagg Dental Bites Lamb & Mint, and Chicken & Parsley 2 FOR £1.50 RRP £1.29 Each (Instore Only)

Sanicat Classic Cat Litter

Sanicat Classic Cat Litter 30L ONLY £8.99 RRP 11.99

Barking Heads Golden Years

Barking Heads Golden Years 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.99

Arden Grange Large Breed

Arden Grange Adult Large Breed 12kg ONLY £29.99 RRP £39.75

We will have more special offers at angell pets throughout the month. Watch this space.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Current Livestock List

Time to post a new current livestock list for Angell Pets Hucclecote store. All are on our website but it’s good to put everything in one post from time to time. I have added a couple of “coming soon” items this time as the arrival of these animals is fairly imminent (next week or the week after). We are a little light on spiders this week  but we will be getting some more very soon. I haven’t added these to the list as I haven’t decided which we are getting yet.

Invertebrates

  • Fruit Beetles
  • Deaths Head Cockroach
  • Madagascan Hissing Cockroach
  • Headlight Cockroach
  • Indian Stick Insect
  • Giant Spiny Stick Insect
  • Giant Prickly Stick Insect
  • Dwarf White Woodlice
  • Tropical Grey Woodlice
  • Giant Orange Woodlice
  • Argentinian Star Tarantula
  • Cameroon Red Baboon Spider
  • Flame Rump Tree Spider
  • Guyana Goliath Birdeater
  • Hati Hati Purple Tarantula
  • King Baboon Spider
  • Malaysian Earth Tiger
  • Mexican Red Rump Tarantula
  • Togo Starburst
  • African Land Snail
  • Giant Malaysian Shield Mantis *COMING SOON*

Amphibians

  • Alpine Newt
  • Whites Tree Frog
  • Albino Horned Frog *COMING SOON*

Reptiles

  • Rankins Dragon
  • Chinese Water Dragon *COMING SOON*
  • Leopard Gecko “Montanus”
  • Madagascan Giant Day Gecko
  • Kotschys Gecko
  • “Kastanie” Corn Snake
  • Milksnake
  • Kenyan Sand Boa
  • Common Boa
  • Carpet Python
  • “Chocolate” Royal Python *COMING SOON*
  • Marginated Tortoise

Birds

  • Timineh African Greyt Parrot
  • White Faced Cockatiel
  • Grey Cockatiel
  • Budgerigar
  • Java Sparrow
  • Zebra Finch
  • Yellow Canary
  • Orange Canary

Mammals

  • Fancy Mouse
  • Dumbo Rat
  • Syrian Hamster
  • Gerbil
  • Guinea Pig *COMING SOON*
  • Lion Lop Rabbit

Fish

  • Coldwater *COMING SOON*
  • Temperate *COMING SOON*
  • Tropical *COMING SOON*

Please note our list changes daily. For example if I had writeen this before opening this morning it would also have contained guinea pigs in stock and a Yemen chameleon, so please get in touch to see what we have in our Angell Pets Hucclecote store on any given day. Alternatively visit our website.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Furminator 15% Off

The FURminator deShedding tool reduces loose hair from shedding up to 90% with regular use

  • Removes the loose hair from shedding

  • Curved edge for comfortable, effective loose undercoat hair removal

  • Reaches through topcoat to remove loose undercoat hair

  • Ergonomic handle for comfort and ease of use

  • Curved edge – comfortably follows pet’s natural shape

  • FURejector® button to quickly and easily release collected hair

  • Teeth remove undercoat hair without damaging topcoat

We have been selling the FURminator since we opened nine years ago. Ever since my wife bought one for our long haired German Shepherd. I was impressed!

We stock these all the time and our normal price for them (£38.99 for large) is less than at PAH (£42.00) and other local suppliers. Now we have an extra 15% off (whilst stocks last – until the end of June) so now is the best time to invest in the best bit of home dog grooming kit you can buy

FURminator Short Hair

Furminator short hair

FURminator Long Hair

Furminator long hair
Angell Pets FURminator offer is on until the end of June 2018 and is whilst stocks last so grabe your bargain whilst it is still here. Of course when the offer ends we are still cheaper than our competitors!

Wild Bird Food Cheaper at Independant Local Store

We wondered why we keep selling out of dried mealworms and other wild bird food so we had a look about. We couldn’t believe the prices other shops are charging. PAH are charging over twice as much as us for 500g bags of dried mealworms! How a large company like that, with much better buying power than little old us can justify it is beyond me. Anyway, here are some examples of price comparisons. Please note; these are not special offers or discounted lines, just our regular prices.

Dried Mealworms 100g Angell Pets £1.79 PAH £3.50 RSPB £3.99 Country Wide £3.99

Dried Mealworms 500g Angell Pest £7.49 PAH £15.50 RSPB £13.99

Wild Bird Seed 20kg Angell Pest £12.99 Jolleys £14.99 PAH £14.00 (We also bag it up into 1kg bags for 99p each)

Peanuts 1kg Angell Pest £2.49 PAH £4.25 RSPB £4.44 Country Wide £3.25

Sunflower Seed Black 1kg Angell Pets £1.75

Sunflower Hearts 20kg Angell Pets £32.99 (£1.65/kg) Jolleys £39.99 (£2.00/kg). We also sell 1kg bags for £1.99

Nyger seed 1kg Angell Pets £2.19 PAH £3.50 Country Wide £3.99

Fat balls no net 6 pack Angell Pets £1.29 PAH £2.00

Suet Pellets 550g Angell Pets £1.99 Jolleys £2.50 PAH £3.00

Not quite sure why anyone would drive all the way out to these facelss chainstores when you can get it cheaper in an independant local shop, the power of multi million pound advertising campaigns I suppose and I guess there is the reason for the hicked prices.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

 

 

 

We are getting rid of plastic bags!

Plastic carrier bags are going from Angell Pets very soon so we can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into the environment.


paper bags

We have been trying to figure out how to reduce the use of plastic bags in our shop for a while now. There are only two effective ways to do this:-

1) To charge for the bags to encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags or

2) Get rid of them completely and try an alternative.

We have chosen to go with option number 2, although this will actually cost us more! Once our current stock of plastic bags has run out we will not be getting any more in.

paper bag and plastic bag comparison

We didn’t want to start charging for bags as this would cause disagreements at the till, with some customers not wanting to pay as it is not yet law for small shops and in any event we would still be giving out the plastic bags.

Instead will be providing small paper bags (one per transaction). Paper bags actually cost us quite a lot more. For example a decent paper bag (shown) costs us around 8-9p each, where as the same size plastic bag costs us 1-2p. However the paper bags we can provide are not very large so we are asking customers to help us reduce non recycleable waste by bringing your own “bag for life” just like you would do at the super market.

We still have a small stock of plastic bags to use up (may as well get a use out of them; if we hand them out or throw them in the bin they are still going to end up in land fill).

For the time being our 1kg bagged up food will still be in polythene bags until we can find a suitable alternative. We are trialing something but it may take a few goes to get the right product.The product we got in to try this week won’t really work so we will use them for frozen rats and mice instead.

The Angell Pets Team

 

Angell Pets April Offers

Now we are back in a permanent base we have relaunched our wholesaler’s monthly offers scheme. We are cheaper than Pets at Home and Jolleys for most things anyway but these offers beat on line suppliers too. If you add on the savings you get with our customer loyalty scheme (effectively an additional 2.5% off everything you have bought) it make our prices even more attractive. With FREE car parking and friendly, knowledgable service, why go anywhere else? Don’t forget, if we don’t have what you normally buy in stock we can probably get it. We are a small, independant business and that means we can be extremely flexible with what we stock.

As a bonus for April, we have launched these offers early and they are avaiable in store and on line from today.


Iams adult

Iams Dog Adult Small/Medium Breed Chicken 12kg ONLY £25.99 RRP £30.99

Felix sensations

Felix Sensations Jellies Fish Selection 12x100g ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.19

Felix sensations jellies

Felix Sensations Jellies Meat Selection 12x100g ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.19

excel rabbit

Burgess Excel Natures Blend Rabbit Nugget 1.5kg ONLY £4.99 RRP £6.41

purina dentalife

Dentalife Small Sticks 21 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

Dentalife Medium Sticks 15 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

Dentalife Large Sticks 12 Pack ONLY £2.25 RRP £3.75

cesar mini joys

Cesar Mini Joys Dog Treats Cheese & Chicken ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.65

vitakraft kracker

Vitakraft Rabbit Sticks Wild Berry ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

Vitakraft Guinea Pig Sticks Fruit ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

Vitakraft Hamster Sticks Fruit ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.73

selective rabbit

Selective Rabbit Food 3kg ONLY £5.29 RRP £7.99

selective guinea pig

Selective Guinea Pig 3kg ONLY £5.99 RRP £8.99

sheba creamy snacks

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Chicken ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Salmon ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

Sheba Creamy Snacks Cat Treats Beef ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

kong liver paste

Kong Easy Treat Liver Paste ONLY £4.49 RRP £7.25

pigs ear strips

Pig Ear Strips 500g ONLY £4.99 RRP £6.55

johnsons fishys

Johnsons Fishys Dog Biscuits 150g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

johnsons fishys

Johnsons Fishys Fish Chunks 150g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

natures feast

Natures Feast Hedgehog Food 675g ONLY £1.99 RRP £2.99

halti training lead

Halti Training Lead Small ONLY £5.99 RRP £8.99

Halti Training Lead Large ONLY £7.49 RRP £10.99

These are just the wholeasler’s monthly offers. We have many other discount schemes of our own in store and on line running at the same time, such as our current Ezy Dog offer.

The Angell Pets Team

Trialled at Angell Pets

Here at Angell Pets we are always looking at ways of helping the environment and helping fellow local businesses wtih new ideas. We were pleased to trial out a new product that was presented to us by a local recycling company, although when it was presented we were still closed for the recent relocation and refurbishment. Since then we have trialled the product with our own animals in store and are happy to report excellent results.

The product is going to be branded as “Nest” bedding. Actually it is so new that the brand name is not finalised but I am asssured this is the front runner. For the time being we are selling it under our own Angell Pets ® brand.

angell pets rat bedding

As part of the teabag manufacturing process, a lot of offcut teabag paper is produced, prior to the final teabag pressing and cutting. This paper is very soft and absorbant and has not been treated with any chemicals (or used in teabag testing, so it is not stained with tannins). A local recycling company has the contract for disposing of this waste and was looking for a novel solution. This is when they approached us for our advice on its suitability as an animal bedding. We thought it a good idea and after investigating the contents agreed to give it a try. We have since used all the material we were given for the trial and it has been a resounding success.

Not only is the product a safe animal bedding, suitable for all small mammals, including rats as it is dust free and absorbant but as it is untreated it is readilly compostable. Not only will you be giving your pet an excellent product but you will be helping to prevent this material ending up in landfil and supporting local businesses. Also it is available in larger bags than contemporary products making it much more cost effective. We are selling 1kg bags for £3.59, compared to the nearest product available, Safebed which is £1.09 for approx 90g or £12.11 per kg! It even compares well with other substrate products used for rats, with their sensitive respiratory tracts.

Angell Pets ® and APL™ are registered trade marks  of Angell Pets Ltd

The Angell Pets Team

Current livestock list growing

Following on from our move to Hucclecote we are now growing our list of livestock in store and available to order. Every now and then I post the current list. I don’t do it too often as it changes almost daily but a quick post of what we currently have is often welcomed by our customers.

We do not have birds or fish at present. We can’t stock birds until we have finished painting because of the fumes and the area where the fish are going has only just been re-plastered ready for the tanks to go in. Obviously the tanks have to be matured before we can put fish in them.

Please note this list is only what we have in store and does not include the much larger range available to order.

So here is the current list as it stands today, it will be changing tomorrow.

Mammals

gerbil

Reptiles and Amphibians

Cave gecko

Spiders

tarantula

Other invertebrates

mantis

The Angell Pets Team