Petcare retailer Jollyes has confirmed its next three locations, which will see it grow beyond 100 stores for the first time, as it celebrates a record-breaking Christmas with like-for-like sales up 13%.
In its latest results, for the five weeks to 31 December 2023, Jollyes reported total growth for the peak period was 25%. The final week before Christmas was Jollyes strongest seven-day trading period in its history with almost 45% more customers than the previous year, and 26% on a like-for-like basis.
Looking ahead, the pet groomer and retail business plans to open stores in Belfast Connswater, Northern Ireland (23 February), Newport in Gwent (1 March) and Rotherham, South Yorkshire (22 March).
Jollyes’ new store in Newport will be its 100th location when it opens on St David’s Day. The retailer said this Newport store underlines its continued commitment to South Wales, following openings in Llanelli and Merthyr Tydfil and the creation of 36 new jobs at private label supplier facilities in Llangadog and Pencader.
Joe Wykes, chief executive officer at Jollyes, said: “Christmas saw us continue to fly, delivering market-leading trading both in stores and online as we brought our special combination of expertise, service and value to UK pet parents.
“A big thank you to our 1,000-strong team – I know these excellent results are powered by their hard work for customers in the communities they serve.
“We’re looking forward to trading from 100 stores for the first time and continuing to invest in 2024 in building a platform for even more growth in the months ahead.”
Since the beginning of 2022, Jollyes has doubled the size of its estate opening 34 new stores. It has also moved to a new Wincanton distribution centre in Cheshire, with the first deliveries taking place this week.
The new Wincanton location aims to provide Jollyes with a much larger space able to accommodate its store growth. The new hub will mean long-term partner Wincanton can pick and deliver up to 25% more cases each year as it replenishes all Jollyes 100-plus stores, fulfilling over 10,000 deliveries each year.
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