Chasewater Canine Store in Heath Hayes held a grand opening of its premises, greater than 4 months after it was initially presupposed to open to the general public.
Proprietor Stewart Cooper stated the store had really been open since December, however lockdown restrictions had stored it closed, and spoke of his personal pleasure at having the ability to welcome individuals in.
He stated: “It has been very nice to lastly get individuals coming in and seeing the store and I believe individuals are much more snug with going out and about.
“As we speak has been superior as we have had members of my household come down, we have given away goodie luggage and carried out a raffle for Chasewater railway, one thing near my coronary heart.
“There actually is a sense at the moment of pleasure, blended with aid.”
The 32-year-old stated he had run a canine coaching enterprise in Cannock, which stemmed from his time within the Royal Engineers as a canine coach, and the concept for the store got here from speaking to his purchasers.
He stated: “I’ve so many purchasers who come by way of me for canine coaching and I realised it was simpler for me to promote them merchandise, moderately than referring them to Amazon.
“There’s one thing inside me which prefers to buy native and preserve small companies going and I simply needed to make it simpler for my clientèle to get the stuff they wanted.
“Now we have indicators outdoors for uncooked meals, diet and coaching recommendation and holistic merchandise and it is good to share the information I’ve with homeowners.”
He stated there had been challenges throughout lockdown, equivalent to getting inventory delivered on time and speaking with clients who had suffered throughout the pandemic with psychological well being points.
Nonetheless, Mr Cooper stated the opening of the store was an thrilling time and inspired individuals to return down and go to any time.
He stated: “My message could be to return down for some pleasant recommendation.
“You do not have to spend any cash, it is simply good to have canine homeowners and like-minded individuals meet and I am positive you may depart with some gained information.”
Chasewater Canine Store may be discovered at 116 Hednesford Highway, Heath Hayes.