Jollyes said it is planning a pet-tastic opening for its new Poole store as it prepares to give Dorset pet owners a warm welcome.
The finishing touches are being put to the new store which opens at Unit 1C, Wessex Gate East Retail Park, at 10am on Saturday, August 20.
The 5,000 square feet store will employ 10 staff and will be led by acting store manager Tom Amos.
And, subject to no last minute change of plans, one of Poole’s most famous residents, Barney the dog, has accepted an invitation to attend – along with Barney’s owners Harry and Sandra Redknapp.
Jollyes’ regional manager, Matt Godwin, said: “What better way to get the new store started than with a blessing? It’s going to be a very exciting day, with a great line-up of events and some well-known faces.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming owners and their pets from Poole and the surrounding area into our new store and to playing our part in the local community.”
In the weeks after opening, the store will also host a Community Pet Clinic, offering regular health checks, vaccinations, flea and worming and microchipping.