JOBS at Just for Pets stores, including branches in Bromsgrove and Northfield, have been saved after the pet retailer was rescued from administration.
The business, which is based in Hartlebury and operates 25 shops, with most of them in the Midlands, particularly Worcestershire, has been bought by a Nottingham company.
Just for Pets was placed in administration by its parent, agricultural supplies group, Wynnstay.
Pedigree Wholesale, a pet food and product supplier based in Gamston, has formed PSR Trading to complete the deal, which means that nearly 200 staff from the Just for Pets head office and 18 stores are secured.
Stores which are staying open include Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Malvern, Northfield and Worcester.
Day-to-day management of Just for Pets will continue under the direction of its existing management team.
Steve Brown, managing director of Pedigree Wholesale, said: “On hearing the future of Just for Pets was under threat, Pedigree Wholesale felt we could play a role in using our pet business expertise to secure a new future for the business.
“We know Just for Pets has a great reputation for offering outstanding customer service and has developed a loyal customer base so we are pleased that Pedigree Wholesale can now create a future for the business and the brand.”
“The addition of Just for Pets to the Pedigree Wholesale family reinforces our commitment to investing and driving innovation within the pet sector which we believe will support the interests of all who have a stake in the continued success of our industry.
“We remain committed to developing our core wholesale business and expect to announce further significant investment which will directly support all of our wholesale customers.”