Trowbridge shop Pet Planet moved to new premises last month and its owner thinks the store has a bright future.

Trowbridge mayor David Halik officially opened Pet Planet’s new home in Castle Street, on January 14. They moved from their base of 19 years in Wicker Hill.

The store, which sell rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats, fish, reptiles and birds, now has customer parking and store manager Marcus Powell believes that will attract more people.

He said: “The Wicker Hill end of town was dying and so we needed to make a decision to move to protect the future of our store and our dedicated long serving staff.

“This new store offers us a fantastic opportunity to build upon our very loyal customer base and reach out to new town centre customers.”

Pet Planet also stocks a range of pet food, supplies and accessories and runs a delivery service.

Staff, family and friends helped move Pet Planet to their new premises.

Mr Powell said: “Thank you to everybody who contributed with the move and also thank you to our customers for being patient while we were closed for two days.”

David Baker, Trowbridge Town Team chairman and former Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce president, believes the move was the right thing for Pet Planet.

He said: “I have known Marcus for seven years and encouraged him to join the chamber when I was president.

“He deserves to succeed and I believe his business is what helps make Trowbridge the place to be.”