A NEW pet store and vet surgery is coming to Hedge End, creating 10 jobs.

Pets at Home is opening a 7,000 sq ft branch at the retail park on Friday, September 8.

The store received more than 500 applications for the 10 jobs created and will feature a groom room which will offer a range of services including microchipping, nail clipping or a full bath and blow dry.

A Vets4Pets veterinary surgery will also open in-store and will be equipped with digital x-rays, ultrasound facilities and an on-site laboratory.

The new surgery will be owned and run by veterinary surgeons Przemyslaw Jelonek and Andrew Thornton. Together with their dedicated team of vets, nurses and support colleagues, they will provide care to local pets seven days a week.

An adoption centre, run by independent charity Support Adoption For Pets, will also open.

Area manager Alan Smith said: “There was a strong demand from Hedge End pet owners for Pets at Home and Vets4Pets to come to town, and we’re very pleased to have been able to grant them their wish.

“Pets at Home is committed to recruiting from the local area and I’m pleased we’ve found a team of talented individuals in Hedge End.

“They’re all extremely passionate about pets and can’t wait to get started.”

Store manager at Hedge End, Gemma Neilon, has been with Pets at Home for over 15 years, having previously worked at the Fareham branch.

Gemma said: “It’s been a busy few months.

“Now my team and I can’t wait to open the doors.”