Harry Redknapp officially opens Jollyes pet shop in Poole

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Dozens of dogs, a vicar, artists on stilts and an FA Cup-winning football coach – it was a crazy morning in Poole for the opening of Jollyes Pet Shop.

The red carpet has been rolled out for pets and their owners to mark the official opening of Jollyes, The Pet People, in Poole’s Wessex Gate East Retail Park on Saturday 20 August.

Customers were keen to strike a bargain early on Saturday morning ahead of all the festivities, with some staying for the official ceremony which would be hosted by BCP Chairman Cllr Nigel Hedges with the help of local football legend Harry Redknapp, his wife Sandra and their eight-year-old bulldog Barney.

Before that, several lucky pooches and their owners were blessed by Reverend Bryony Morrison of St James’s Church – who brought her border collie herself to join in the fun.

At around 10.15am, dozens of people gathered around the entrance where, after a few words from Cllr Hedges, Harry and Sandra took the lead to declare the store open.

Before cutting the ribbon, Harry Redknapp said: “I’ve had loads of people calling me saying ‘Harry, I hear you’re opening a pet store‘, that’s not my pet store, it’s is Jollyes.

“Jollyes have very kindly donated £500 to Guide Dogs for the Blind which is really important to me. It’s a charity that I support, so when they made the donation, it was really very generous of them.

“It’s great to be here, it’s a great store, have a great day everyone.”

Visitors were also treated to a ‘fur wheel’ where owners could spin the wheel for a chance to win a range of prizes including dog treats, toys and vouchers.

John Snell came with his partner and their 14-year-old Whippet rescuer called Poppy. He said, “It’s nice, I like the way it’s laid out. Everything is visible and easily catches your eye. Some places are darker but it’s nice and bright.

“We’ll be using this place from now on, and it was good to have Harry, he’s a nice guy and he’s happy to talk to anyone.”

Jollyes isn’t just for dogs, with a wide range of animals catered for. Elsa Marsh came with Rodolpho, one of the seven ferrets in her care. She told the Echo how the new store, located ten minutes from her home, would save her from paying high prices on Amazon.

Jollyes, The Pet People, in the Wessex Gate East Retail Park, Poole

“Not many people have ferrets here or don’t even know what they are,” she said. “I have a hard time finding things to eat for them at local pet stores, but noticed that this Jollyes has a good range of ferret foods.

“With seven ferrets, it is difficult to find enough food at affordable prices. So it will be perfect for me now.

Acting Store Manager Tom Amos said: “We had a massive turnout so we are really grateful to the people of Poole who came out to support Jollyes on our first day of opening. Long may it continue.

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