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Rossendale pet shop set to close after 60 years

A PET shop owner has said she is closing down her business as children were more interested in 'cyber pets' than real animals.

Barbara Ingham has run Pets Corner in Bank Street, Rawtenstall, for 22 years.

But she said internet shopping and cut price supermarkets had led to the death of the high street.

The 65-year-old, of Cowpe Road, Cowpe, said: “We are simply being forced to close because business is so bad.

"Children no longer want to care for a rabbit or a guinea pig as they have cyber pets they can pick up and put down.

“Youngsters nowadays can literally have a pet puppy or kitten at the touch of a button with the added bonus of no mess.

“The big supermarkets haven’t helped either. We noticed business starting to drop as soon as Asda opened.

"They stock the same products as we do and sell them cheaper than I am able to buy them wholesale.”

The shop was first opened by Mr and Mrs Wilcocks before it was taken over by Barry Crabtree and then Barbara.

She said: “Our regular customers have been really upset that we are closing.

“I can’t thank them enough for supporting me all these years.

“But I’ve got to say I think Bank Street has gone too far to be revived.

"In a short stretch of Bank Street there are seven empty shops and a couple of charity shops.

“I think that is the way it is heading, streets filled with charity shops. People have got out of the habit of nipping to their local high street. Years ago you wouldn’t have been able to move in the centre of Rawtenstall on market day, but not now.

“I don’t even think Mary Portas will be able to turn things around.”

The shop will open for the last day on Monday.

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10:35am Sat 28 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

I don't think cyber pets have anything to do with it as they are very 20th century now.
You hit the nail on the head with the PET SUPERMARKET selling exotic pets, stockpiled exotic hamsters and rats.
Shame really but you have to move with the times
I don't think cyber pets have anything to do with it as they are very 20th century now. You hit the nail on the head with the PET SUPERMARKET selling exotic pets, stockpiled exotic hamsters and rats. Shame really but you have to move with the times louderfasterlonger
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1:08pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Dave Harwood says...

Dog gone it
Dog gone it Dave Harwood
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5:56pm Sat 28 Apr 12

AndyD123 says...

Supermarkets are here to stay. Does anyone think it would be better if they went away and we had to trek round 5 or 6 high street shops just to get what is all under one roof in Asda?

Local shops like this one offer far better advice than something like Asda can but, at the end of the day, it comes down to money and Asda are cheaper.
Supermarkets are here to stay. Does anyone think it would be better if they went away and we had to trek round 5 or 6 high street shops just to get what is all under one roof in Asda? Local shops like this one offer far better advice than something like Asda can but, at the end of the day, it comes down to money and Asda are cheaper. AndyD123
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6:11pm Sat 28 Apr 12

pwitch says...

Maybe they need to use the internet to make sales. My grand-daughter has chinchillas, several cats and hamsters and a rat, All except the cats are kept in a purpose-built shed with heating, and it costs a small fortune on a weekly basis. Only help from the parents can allow her to keep so many pets, which were bought because she thought she would be able to make some money by breeding them, as some friends were doing successfully. Up to now it has cost a lot of money.
Maybe they need to use the internet to make sales. My grand-daughter has chinchillas, several cats and hamsters and a rat, All except the cats are kept in a purpose-built shed with heating, and it costs a small fortune on a weekly basis. Only help from the parents can allow her to keep so many pets, which were bought because she thought she would be able to make some money by breeding them, as some friends were doing successfully. Up to now it has cost a lot of money. pwitch
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