AN independent pet food retailer who focuses on healthy diets for cats and dogs has completed her expansion into a former supermarket in Totton creating one of the biggest stores of its kind in the country.

After an extensive refurbishment project, part of the the former Countywide farm supplies store in Salisbury Road has been taken over by the Healthy Pet Store and now offers an extensive selection for pooches, moggies and the pampered pet in your life.

Managing Director Deborah Burrows is delighted to have completed the big move.

She created the Healthy Pet Store brand just over five years ago to provide a nutritious alternative for animals that could improve their health and wellbeing.

Since then she has seen the market for healthy pet food grow significantly, creating the opportunity for her to move into a bigger outlet.

The new store has 30 freezers of her own-brand frozen raw meat meals for cats and dogs - more than 50 recipes in total.

The store also has other healthy food alternatives for animals as well as toys and dog training supplies.

Deborah told the Daily Echo: “We are delighted to be in our new home where we have so much more space for our customers and for our staff.

“This move means we are much better able to spend time talking to our customers and advising them on their meal choices for their pets. Our customers had been telling us that they wished there was more room and now in our new store there is lots of space.”

The new store is the largest retailer of frozen fresh foods for meat-eating pets in the country.

Freshly frozen raw meat recipes are a rapidly growing part of the pet food market and are popular among those who want a healthy and nutritious diet for their pets, and for those who are looking for better value for money too.

The Healthy Pet Store currently sells more than seven tonnes of frozen meals for pets each week, and that figure is continuing to grow.

Deborah added: “There is a lot more focus for pet owners these days on providing healthy and nutritious food for their cats and dogs because of the physical and mental benefits this can bring. We provide an easy, straight forward and convenient way to do this.

“We are very careful with the ranges of products we stock to ensure companion animals are getting the very best food, and more, that they need for a healthy lifestyle.”