Europe’s biggest chain of pet stores open 2 new outlets in Cork with more to follow – Cork Beo

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A huge pet store chain with 29 outlets across Ireland has opened two new stores in Cork – and is planning more across the Rebel County.

Just over one-in-three Irish households now own a pet (of these, 35% have dogs, 21% cats and the rest include birds and more exotic creatures.) And the rate of dog ownership in particular took off over the pandemic period.

The most recent national survey found an estimated 450,000 dogs and 325,000 cats living among Ireland’s human population.

And a 2018 Allianz pet insurance survey estimated that each mutt and feline costs their owner an average of €1,250 a year between food, toys, grooming, vets and treats.

The explosion in ownership rates has now prompted a boom in the services catering for pets and pet owners, with companies like Maxi Zoo looking to expand in Ireland.

Part of the biggest retail group in Europe, the pet store chain now has 29 outlets in Ireland, including two just opened in Mahon and Blackpool retail parks (following the take-over and rebranding of Equipets stores).

The stores stock the usual pet products, including food, toys, grooming products, and accessories but also have a. full grooming salon in-store offering a range of services.

Maxi Zoo also offers in-store advice from experienced assistants and access to pet-care professionals including personal consultations for pet owners.

With over 20 big pet stores operating across Cork City alone – and now Maxi Zoo looking to capture a chunk of this increasingly big market, owners in Cork are pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to spoiling their pets.

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