Pooches take day jobs at QD Stores

Pet pose at QD Stores HQ : (l to r) e-Commerce Manager, Richard Sutton with Wesley; HR Admin Assistant, Hannah Burke with Barney; Junior IT Admin Assistant, Hannah Jermy with Jess; (standing) Buyer’s Clerk Sam Skelton with Milli

Norwich-based value retailer QD Stores ran on pooch power yesterday (Friday, June 20th) when this ‘Mutley’ crew helped out at the company’s Barrack Street head office.

It was all to celebrate ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ when canines join the commute with owners to the workplace.

“The day’s officially all about reducing stress and boosting staff satisfaction but we all love our pets here so we’ll seize any excuse to have them with us!”, says Darren Beard, QD’s deputy head buyer and responsible for pet products.

But then pets have become part of the business for the store operator, too.

Posh & Barks was launched last year targeting pampered pooches and complement Scallywags Pet Shops, the fast-growing in-store sales brand that’s also opened at a growing number of the QD Group’s Cherry Lane garden centre outlets.

Beds, foods, leads and toys are just some of the treats available for pets of all shapes and sizes, from wild birds and parrots to pussy cats and ponies, at stores operated by QD Commercial Holdings across the Eastern Counties and via its newly-launched e-commerce site at www.qdstores.co.uk

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Issued June 21st 2014 on behalf of QD Stores Commercial Holdings Ltd by PMPR Business Communications Ltd



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QD Commercial Holdings Ltd is an independently-owned parent company to a range of established value retailing brands provide unbeatable value and extensive choice to British consumers.

QD Stores is a chain of High Street value retail outlets extending from its geographical heartland in the East of England and Home Counties as far as Doncaster in the north and Wrexham in the west.

Focused on providing shoppers with maximum choice, value and convenience, QD offers its customers the very best in value retailing, with a winning formula for success based upon rapid turnover of quality product lines pitched at a competitively low price points.

With a range of around 40,000 product lines across 40 different departments, every item is carefully sourced to ensure that quality is never compromised despite an aggressive pricing policy. Outstanding value is achieved via special low price promotions, fast moving stock and meticulous daily price checks to remain keenly competitive.

QD stores offer market-leading product lines, the latest seasonal fashions and quality branded goods, all at significantly lower prices than available elsewhere. Consequently, everyday essentials are juxtaposed with higher end items, to make high street shopping both accessible and affordable.

Cherry Lane Garden Centres, located throughout Norfolk and Suffolk and in Yorkshire, represent a new direction for specialist horticultural and leisure retailing. As part of the QD Group, the garden centres are committed to offering unbeatable value across all product lines. Expert staff and buyers ensure that quality and stock throughout the year is consistently high. As well as a huge selection of plants, trees and shrubs, Cherry Lane Garden Centres stock extensive ranges of stylish garden furniture, quality gardening clothing and footwear, must-have gardening accessories, a wide selection of sheds and ornamental statues and gardenware. The specialist Cherry Lane Aquatic Centre at South View, Fritton near Great Yarmouth, stocks a large range of fish, as well as indoor and outdoor aquatic accessories. The latter can also be found at the Pulham Market branch of Cherry Lane near Diss.

Lathams of Potter Heigham is long-popular destination for both locals and visitors to the Norfolk Broads offering an ever-changing discounted product range.. It has established an enviable reputation, both in-store and on-line, for its expertise as a supplier of all types of fishing equipment, attracting river and sea anglers from a wide area. Lathams retail outlets can also be found within a number of QD stores and in the Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Fritton near Great Yarmouth.

Thingmebobs, an Eastern Counties chain of 10 discount stores, acquired by QD Group in January 2013 operates autonomously while sharing QD’s logistics support via its 200,000 sq ft facility at Snetterton.


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