Empty Hatfield Comet store could turn into pet shop and vet clinic

PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:35 04 April 2013

The former Comet in Hatfield

The former Comet in Hatfield


ONE of Hatfield’s biggest empty units could turn into a giant pet shop and vet if plans are approved.

A bid has been submitted to turn the former Comet store, which closed in December, into a Pets At Home.

The Oldings Corner store has been empty since the electrical giant collapsed, but this week a ward councillor said she was “really glad” it could soon be filled.

The firm has applied for a change of use license in order to use the store as a vets and animal grooming parlour as well as a pet shop selling food and accessories.

The application also includes alterations to the building’s roof.

Pets At Home this week declined to comment on the application, but a document submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council states: “In response to evolving customer demand, it (Pets At Home) has begun rolling out a new concept in many of the larger stores, in which grooming salons and fully equipped ‘Companion Care’ veterinary surgeries can be found alongside the traditional retail element of the stores.”

The planning application also states: “This [application] will allow busy people to access a wide variety of animal health services under one roof over an extended period of trading seven days a week.”

The largest part of the store would be used for retail, and the grooming and veterinary areas and reception would be towards the rear of the store.

Councillor Maureen Cook, Labour, who represents the Hatfield Central ward, said: “It was a shame when the Comet closed, but these things happen.

“It is still a good space and I am just really glad it will be occupied again soon.”

Pets At Home runs more than 300 stores across the country.

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