Dashwood: Pets at Home hounded over plans to move into Prince Charles’ garden centre

Green-fingered Fulham residents have launched a petition against the ‘pet supermarket? scheme.

Pets at Home is in the dog-house once again, after its ?1.2bn IPO proved to have more bark than bite.

This time, the pet shop chain is being dogged by residents of Fulham, West London, who have launched a petition to protest against Pets At Home?s plans to take over the Fulham Palace Garden Centre, owned by the Prince of Wales?s Prince?s Trust charity.

Green-fingered locals fear the garden centre, which was founded in 1985 by the youth charity Fairbridge to provide work experience for young people interested in horticulture, will become a ?pet supermarket?.

They are also concerned that the plant area will be tarmacked over to become a car-park. ?A pet supermarket belongs on a trading estate rather than a residential part of London,? said one. ?The Prince of Wales is a conservationist, so how can he allow this to go through??

Pets at Home, which is the frontrunner for the ?rigorous tender process?, declined to comment until any deal has been signed.

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