How this 113-year-old Hessle Road store is preparing for the future

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Nov 2017

The oldest family-run business in Hessle Road has been given a new lease of life.

A sixth generation pet shop owner is taking the business in a new direction.

Maltby’s Stores is run by the Maltby family and has been supplying pet lovers for 113 years - but now they have found a new way to keep pets pampered.


Maltby's Pet stores have been on Hessle Road for 113 years

“The Dog Spa at Maltby’s” has opened above the family-run pet shop on the corner of Liverpool Street and Hessle Road as they look to buck the trend of small, independent businesses closing down.

Shop manager, Aimee Maltby, said: “We’ve opened a dog groomers upstairs. It’s a popular time at the minute for people spending money on dogs and there’s a market for grooming dogs.

“Everyone likes little fluffy dogs these days so quite a lot of them need grooming so demand is ever increasing."

The original shop, which stood on the site where Asda is today, was bombed during the 1940’s as Hull bore the brunt of the Blitz, meaning Aimee’s great granddad had to resurrect the business only months after losing their property.


The shop in Hessle Road

She said: “The shop has been in the family for 113 years but it got bombed in World War Two, so it’s been on this site since just after the war."

The decision to diversify what they offer in-store was made to make sure they can keep on trading for the next 113 years.

Paul Maltby is Aimee’s dad and used to manage the store, until he handed it over six months ago.

The Dog Spa at Maltby's has opened upstairs

He said: “10 years ago, small businesses were dying on their feet and that hasn’t stopped but we decided at that point to go on the internet.

“It’s been pretty successful touch wood. We’ve gone from three people working here to 11 in seven years.

“It’s still nice to see the regulars, especially the local regulars which is how we keep the shop open.

The company now do more than 90 per cent of their business online and offering dog grooming is another way they have found of making sure the company keeps adapting.

Sarah Evans is a childhood friend of Aimee and a qualified dog groomer, and has been employed to head up the new venture.

She said: “With me qualified as a groomer, and we’re quite good friends, it just seemed perfect.

“We’ve been friends since we were five years old.

“There’s always going to be dogs in the world that need grooming now.

“We’re hoping for more people. It’s quite slow at the minute. It’s word of mouth.”

They hope to groom four or five dogs a day with Sarah taking on the task herself. But the aim is to hire another member of staff to assist within six months.

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