End of an era as pet shop closes

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APRIL 2 will see the end of an era down Wisbech’s Norfolk Street as June’s Pet Foods closes its doors for the last time.

Owner June Jacklin has been forced to retire and close the shop after 28 years in business, due to ill health following two strokes.

Daughter Debbie Jacklin said: “To Mum, her customers were never just customers; they have become her friends. Until she became ill, that there wasn’t a day when Mum didn’t want to go to work. In 28 years, she only missed 11 Saturdays due to weddings, a holiday to Australia and following a hip operation. It will be heartbreaking to see it close.”

June’s Pet Foods opened on March 3, 1983, with June and her husband Tony behind the counter.

They were joined by Debbie two years later after she completed a college course in dog grooming and animal nursing and later by daughter Julie, who worked with her best friend Tracey Kent as Saturday girls.

Anne Parlett has worked at the shop since the late 1980s and will also be retiring when the shop closes.

Tony opened a shop in Whittlesey and a dog grooming parlour was opened above the Norfolk Street shop.

Sadly Tony died in 2002 after battling cancer. A couple of years later, the Whittlesey business was sold to Debbie and Julie’s cousin and renamed Jacko’s.

In January 2007, fire damaged the Norfolk Street premises and it was temporarily relocated to number 89. On April 1, 2007, June moved next door to a bigger shop at number 90 Norfolk Street where she has remained until now.