10 September 2018
The pet shop in Epworth has received a £1,300 grant from North Lincolnshire Council to help fund the transformation of their shopfront.
Wags and Whiskers, on Chapel Street in the town, received the money through the council’s Traditional Shopfront Grant scheme, to help renovate the shopfront in keeping with the conservation area.
The pet shop is celebrating their fifth anniversary by sprucing up the shopfront. Owner, Yvonne Arrand, said:
“We opened the shop in October 2013, but moved to our current home at 38 Chapel Street in October 2015.
“The shopfront had been in many years and was looking tired, so the grant was a great opportunity to share the cost of renovation.”
As part of the renovation, all paintwork on the outside of the pet shop was stripped back and repaired where necessary. A new panel was made for the front window and then all woodwork was repainted.
Yvonne continued: “The shop sells everting for your pets, large and small, and we try to provide a complete service so residents can shop locally for their pet supplies.
“I hope the locals approve of what we’ve done and it keeps Epworth looking nice and hopefully an attractive place to come.”
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“The Traditional Shopfront Grant scheme helps maintain the unique character of our market towns and villages. Through the scheme we’re able to support business owners make renovations to their shopfronts that are sympathetic to the history and heritage of our conservation areas.
“Wags and Whiskers is an independent local business and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to help the pet shop look its best in time for the fifth anniversary in October.”