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

August Offers

Angell Pets August offers are now avaiable in store and on line. Some great offers again including some house flea treatments to help keep thge infestations at bay!

Eukanuba Active Adult

Eukanuba Active Adult Large Breed Chicken 12kg ONLY £29.99  RRP £44.99

Furminator Med

FURminatior Short Hair Medium Breed Dog ONLY £19.99 RRP £33.50

4 Fleas House Spray

4Fleas IGR Household Flea Spray 600ml ONLY £9.25 RRP £12.25

Burgess Cat Chick

Burgess Cat Chicken 1.5kg ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.25

Burgess Cat Salmon

Burgess Cat Salmon 1.5kg ONLY £3.75 RRP £5.25

Sausage Carry Bag

Hollings Sausage Carry Bag 1kg ONLY £7.99 RRP £10.65

Felix AGAIL Chicken

Felix AGAIL Tuna

Felix AGAIL Individual Pouch Chicken

Felix AGAIL Individual Pouch Tuna

Buy 3 for £1.20  RRP 52p Only available over the phone or in store.

Bakers Whirlers

Bakers Whirlers ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.89

Sizzler

Bakers Sizzlers ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.89

Barking Head

Barking Heads Bowl Licking Chicken (formally TLC) 2kg ONLY £9.99 RRP £12.99

Pointer Marrowbone

Pointer Marrowbone 2kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.89

Pointer Gravy Bones

Pointer Gravy Bones 2kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.89

Cesar ChickenCesar Lamb

Cesar Classic Chicken & Turkey

Cesar Classic Lamb & Chicken

Buy 5 for £3.00 RRP 89p Only available over the phone or in store.

Dreamies Chicken

Dreamies Chicken 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

Dreamies Cheese

Dreamies Cheese 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

Dreamies Salmon

Dreamies Salmon 60g ONLY £1.00 RRP £1.56

BM Home Spray+

Bob Martin Home Flea Spray+ 500ml ONLY £6.49 RRP £9.29

Harringtons Optimum Rabbit

Harringtons Optimum Rabbit Food 2kg ONLY £2.29 RRP £3.29

Harringtons Optimum Guinea

Harringtons Optimum Guinea Pig Food 2kg ONLY £2.99 RRP £4.49

Arden Grange Cat

Arden Grange Cat Chicken & Potato 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.96

 

The Angell Pets Team

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 May Offers

May’s special offers are in store. Lots of great offers making our prices even keener. We are already better than Pets at Home and Jolley’s before the offers on a lot of products.


iams cat fish

Iams Cat Fish 3kg ONLY £9.99 RRP £16.49

Chewdles Mini Bonibix

Chewdles Mini Bonibix 1.5KG ONLY £3.49 RRP £4.99

Chewdles Gravy Bone

Chewdles Gravy Bones 1.5kg ONLY £3.49 RRP £4.99

Latex Face Balls

Latex Face Balls Single ONLY £0.99 RRP £2.09

Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets

Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets 1.5kg ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.49

 

Omega Tasty Chicken

Omega Tasty Chicken 15kg ONLY £15.99 RRP £20.99

Omega Tasty Original

Omega Tasty Original 15kg ONLY £15.99 RRP £20.99

Winalot Shapes

Winalot Shapes 1.8kg ONLY £2.49 RRP £3.69

Barking Heads Puppy Days

Barking Heads Puppy Days 2kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.99

Animals Dreams Woolly Bedding

Animals Dreams Woolly Bedding 2 FOR £1.00 RRP 99

Ancol Travel Harness

Ancol Travel Harness Medium Black ONLY £10.99 RRP £17.06

Ancol Travel Harness Large Black ONLY £11.99 RRP £18.74

Dentastix

Dentastix Small Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £7.38

Dentastix Medium Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £8.54

Dentastix Large Dog 28 Stick ONLY £5.49 RRP £9.79

Dreamies Chicken Tub

Dreamies Chicken Tub 350g ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.80

Dreamies Cheese Tub

Dreamies Cheese Tub 350g ONLY £3.99 RRP £5.80

BM Spot On Cat 3 Treatment

BM Spot On Cat 3 Treatment ONLY £8.99 RRP £12.25

BM Spot On Cat 1 Treatment

BM Spot On Cat 1 Treatment ONLY £3.79 RRP £5.10

Wagg Sensitive Treats

Wagg Tasty BonesWagg Tasty Chunks

Wagg Sensitve Treats, Wagg Tasty Bones, Wagg Tasty Chunks 2 for £1.50 RRP £1.09

The Angell Pets Team

Birds Back In Stock

With the move from Southgate Street to our new shop in Hucclecote we have been unable to stock birds. Birds have a very efficient respiratory system, the down side of which is that they are susceptible to anything airborn. We have been decorating various sections of the shop since we moved in and so have been unable to stock birds due to the paint fumes. This is now completed in the main shop area and so we are now able to re-stock with birds.

african grey parrot

The first of the birds came in last week and we now have the following in stock:-

We can also order in a wide range of other birds (check availability) and will vary our shop stock over time. So do check in to see what we have or what we can order.

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