Pet shop with a difference a Shoppingworld boost
GRAFTON Shoppingworld is about to get a new look, with two new shops soon to open in the complex.
Later this week, Pets Domain will open its 22nd Australian store in Grafton, with franchisee Leanne Bright at the till.
And on November 20, women's fashion store Black Pepper will make a move from its Prince St location to Shoppingworld.
The Pets Domain store is a hive of activity as workers get the store ready for stock.
Pets Domain retail operations manager Peter Symons said work was on target for the store to open its doors later in the week.
He said the organisation offered a complete range of pet foods and accessories, as well as pets like fish and birds.
"We steer clear of selling puppies and kittens so we avoid puppy farm issues," Mr Symons said.
Instead Pets Domain franchises create links with local pet rehoming agencies to help rescue animals in distress.
"Obviously we haven't established anything here yet, but it's something we'll be looking into," Mr Symons said.
Mr Symons said Pets Domain focused on smaller, less demanding pets like birds and fish.
"People with busy lifestyles want to have smaller pets than dogs and cats," he said.
Grafton Black Pepper manager Jane Brien said the decision to move its operations from Prince St to Shoppingworld signalled the end of a three-year presence in Grafton's main street.
"It's part of Black Pepper's policy that we operate in shopping centres," Ms Brien said.
She said while Black Pepper will lose some floor space in the move, it will employ an extra staff member and be open longer.
"We will be opening on Sundays when we move and our general opening hours will change," Ms Brien said.
She said November 16 would be the last day of trading from Prince St.