AN ILKESTON trader is hoping to get the go ahead to transform an old nightclub into a pet superstore.
Gavin Chambers, owner of Chambers Pet Supplies, has drawn up plans to spend £60,000 on turning the old Factory on Bath Street into an animal superstore.
Gavin said: “We’re really passionate about Bath Street and we want to see Ilkeston do well and this will hopefully give the town a bit of a boost.
“Local people have supported us and we want to offer something back.”
The new store will sell rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and fish and will also stock reptiles including kimono dragons and snakes.
The family-run business will also stock its own brand pet food, one of the successes making the new venture possible.
Gavin, who runs the store with his wife Beverley, said: “At the moment we sell more of our own brand food than we can stock so the new shop will have that on offer.
“We’ll also have some small animals and more pet accessories.”
A planning application has been submitted to Erewash Borough Council and Gavin hopes his plans to transform the unit will be given the green light in time to open the new shop by March.
“As soon as we get permission we’ll start. We’ve taken the property on a 15-year lease and started preparing for the work already,” Gavin said.
David Thorpe, chairman of Ilkeston’s Chamber of Trade said: “Anything that fills up an empty premises is a good thing for the town and local trade.
“I haven’t seen the plans but anything that will help business in the town has to be supported.”