A POPULAR Evesham pet shop which faced administration has been purchased by new owners, but there is bad news for another town store.

The Just for Pets Swan Lane store was at threat of closure after the firm filed a notice to appoint administrators last month.

But its future was secured in a deal brokered yesterday (October 10) after newly formed company PSR Trading Limited - a sister company to the established pet sector business Pedigree Wholesale - bought them out.

But a second store, the Bessie & Boo store in Evesham Road - which was part of the Just for Pets business - looks set to close it doors as it is not part of the rescue deal, with employees having been issued with redundancy notices by the Administrator.

Bessie & Boo customers in Evesham with any outstanding customer care issues are asked to now go to the Just for Pets store to resolve them.

Steve Brown, MD of Pedigree Wholesale, active in the pet sector for over 45 years, said: “On hearing that the future of Just for Pets was under threat Pedigree Wholesale felt we could play a role in using our pet business expertise to secure a new future for Just for Pets in Worcestershire.

"We know Just for Pets has a great reputation for offering outstanding customer service and has developed a loyal customer base so we are pleased that Pedigree Wholesale can now create a future for the business and the brand.

“The addition of Just for Pets to the Pedigree Wholesale family reinforces our commitment to investing and driving innovation within the pet sector which we believe will support the interests of all who care about maintaining a great choice of pet products for pet lovers.”

Other stores in Worcester, Droitwich and Malvern have been saved as part of the deal.