City vets to move into vacant unit
A veterinary clinic is to move into the shop unit left vacant in St Peter’s Abbotsbury Court after the One Stop convenience store and the post office sharing the premises both closed.
Ambleside Veterinary Practice already has premises in Worcester, in Tolladine Road, and the move into St Peter’s marks an expansion of the business, to complement its existing site.
The vets will occupy half of the space in the Abbotsbury Court unit.
Ambleside is a family-owned and run business, which has operated for 20 years.
The practice principal is vet Ian Clarke, who said: “Building on our long-term success we are in the fortunate position to be able to open a branch in a wonderful area and are looking forward to meeting many new people and, of course, their animals.”
The expansion into St Peter’s will create new jobs, including a new vet, veterinary nurse and receptionist.
Mr Clarke said: “We have always been open minded about expanding the practice.”
He added: “There will be some new staff recruited but also some familiar faces from the current practice at Ambleside, who have provided veterinary care for over 20 years.”
Ambleside also plans to have a hydrotherapy unit at Abbotsbury Court for animal rehabilitation.
No opening date has yet been set for the opening in St Peter’s.
Mr Clarke said he had considered seeing if a post office could be accommodated in the premises but it had not been economically feasible.
Ambleside provides an out-of-hours service, with clients able to see their vets and vet nurses at any time for emergency care, which will also be available to all clients joining the St Peter's clinic.
Mr Clarke said: “We believe we’ve done our homework and we believe we will offer something the people of St Peter’s want to enjoy.”