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.
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!
James Wellbeloved dog food has been on a 20% promotion in store for the last month. We are down to the last few bags on the offer so have reduced prices further to clear this stock.
Last few bags of James Wellbeloved dog food on offer.prices now £4.99 for 2kg (and 1.5kg small breed), £19.99 for 7.5kg and £39.99 for 15kg. Only these few left so pop in or call 01452 501882 for FREE local delivery today or you’ll miss it.
This is all we have left.
Visit us in Southgate Street or call 01452 501882
James Wellbeloved Puppy turkey 2kg x 1 James Wellbeloved Adult small breed fish 1.5kg x 1
James Wellbeloved Adult lamb 2kg x 3
James Wellbeloved Senior lamb 2kg x 1
James Wellbeloved Senior fish 2kg x 1
James Wellbeloved Adult turkey 7.5kg x 1
James Wellbeloved Senior turkey 15kg x 1
We also have two bags that passed their best before (not use by) date last month for £2.99
Puppy lamb 2kg
Senior duck 2kg
These offers are only avaiable in store or over the telephone.
The full range of James Wellbeloved dog and cat food is
still available through Angell Pets at last years prices.
Just order on line or by telephone and let us deliver to you
(FREE local deliveries can be arranged at a time slot to suit you).
If you don’t buy James Wellbeloved but know someone who does,
do them a favour and let them know about the offers before
they are all gone.
Paws On Patrol is a community project administered by Safer Gloucester that has been running successfully in Gloucester since 2012. It is a project aimed at reducing the opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour to occur, reducing the fear of crime especially in the vulnerable and building a community spirit where dog walkers can contribute towards the protection of their neighbourhood.
You can register for the Paws On PatrolScheme form their website. Each year they hold an event in Gloucester park to promote the scheme and bring the dog walking community together. It’s a great day out for the family, free to attend and this year we have a stand at the event where we will be giving away a couple of hundred goody bags FREE on afirst come first served basis.
Paws On Patrol 2015 is being held in Gloucester park on the 16th May 2015 between 12pm and 5pm. There will be a large number of attractions including displays from the police dogs (attack and passive searching), agility displays and this year they have the Quack Pack – collies herding ducks as well as a free to enter fun dog show.
Pop down and see us at Paws On Patrol 2015 and pick up a goody bag. We will probalby have a few bits of doggy stuff for sales as well but not too much as it’s only a few hundred yards from the shop!
The Angell Pets Team (sponsors of Paws On Patrol 2015)
FREE delivery is becoming so popular now that we have had to reduce our opening hours on Mondays to accomodate the orders from the weekend.
We offer FREE delivery on any order for Gloucester and Cheltenham post codes (GL1,2,3,4 50, 51, 52 and 53). Free delivery is usually weekdays, in the evening, after the shop closes. Orders placed Saturday or Sunday are normally delivered on Monday (assuming items are in stock). Obviously this means that we generally have quite a few deliveries to fit in on Monday evening.
Due to the increased workload we are having to close at 5pm on Mondays to enable me to get these deliveries completed by a reasonable hour. Free delivery is more spread out during the week so I can still manage to get round after closing at 6pm.
To order you can call us on 01452 372087 on visit us online at http://www.angellpets.co.uk/. There is no minimum order value for FREE delivery.
Angell Pets is OPEN over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We close for only three days a year. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We are OPEN every other day of the year.
Angell Pets Christmas opening times are as follows:-
Christmas Eve – 9am – 6pm
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – CLOSED (I will be at the shop for one hour from 11am to 12 noon feeding the animals if you are really stuck)
Friday 27th December – 10am – 4pm
Saturday 28th December – 9am – 6pm
Sunday 29th December – 10am – 4pm
Monday 30th December – 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 31st December – 9am – 6pm
New Years Day – CLOSED (again I will be in for an hour at 11am to feed the animals)
Thursday 2nd January – back to normal hours (9am to 6pm Mon – Sat, 10am to 4pm Sunday).
Any online orders will be picked and packed as normal but will be subject to Parcel Force’s own Christmas shutdown. Any Angell Pets online orders for FREE local delivery will be picked and delivered on days (evenings) when we are OPEN.
We will be delivering FREE to GL1, GL2, GL3 and GL4 post codes right up to Christmas Eve. So if you forget some one or need a last minute present or bag of dog food, order online or give Angell Pets a call to place your order and get it delivered FREE.
Royal Canin are offering FREE 400g bags of cat food. To get a FREE bag of Royal Canin cat food visit their website and register.
Royal Canin will then ask you to enter the details of your local stockist. Enter our details (Angell Pets, 4 Mead Road, Abbeymead, Gloucester. GL4 5GL). Royal Canin will then send you a voucher in the post. This voucher can be redeemed in our shop against a FREE bag of Royal Canin cat food. We have purchased extra stock to ensure everyone can get a FREE bag.
These vouchers are only redeemable at the shop. If you are a website customer and wish to take advantage you still can. You will need to give us a call, pay a small delivery charge and we will send you your bag on receipt of your voucher by post. Please note we can only accept vouchers with our shop details on.
So if you want to give Royal Canin cat food a try at no cost to yourself, get registered and bring in your voucher. This is a FREE offer so we do not expect stocks to last forever. You will need to get in quick to ensure you can get the bag you want from the Royal Canin range on offer.