PET shop owners in Sheffield fear competition from a new superstore will have a “devastating” effect on their businesses.
They are warning of the impact of a Pets At Home store on the Kilner Way retail park in Wadsley Bridge.
David Price, who runs the family business of Fishers Pet Store in Hillsborough Road with his wife Jacqueline Fisher, has collected signatures from 12 local pet shops as part of a protest.
Mr Price, aged 45, said: “This is going to have a ripple effect on everybody. They tend to come in big and brash.
“There will be lots of parking – it’s very difficult to get to our shop now because of the tram gate. The way the traffic is set up, it’s actually going to lead them up there.
“It’ll also be open seven days a week. We could but it’s nice to have a day off with your family.”
A Pets At Home spokesman said: “Sheffield is an important market for Pets At Home.
“Since opening our first store in Drakehouse in 1998 we have created 37 new jobs and invested heavily in training and career development both there and at our Heeley store.
“Mr Price is entitled to his views but Pets At Home firmly believes in a competitive market and our commitment remains to our customers and our store colleagues. Sheffield has a population of over 500,000 people – we believe that with a new store at Kilner Way we will be able to offer convenience, value and choice to Sheffield’s pet lovers.
“We will also be creating a further 25 jobs and bringing our total investment in Sheffield to upwards of £1m.”