Pets at Home opens new pet-friendly HQ building


Pets at Home has opened a new pet-friendly head office at Stanley Green Business Park in Handforth.

The company’s new HQ will now be based at Chester House, a 22,669 sq ft building which has been renamed in honour of the first ever Pets at Home store (which opened in 1991).

The move is part of a £2 million investment to provide modern workspace for up to 300 colleagues – and their pets!

Recognised by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 UK Companies to work for, Pets at Home has designed its new offices to feature a number of firsts.

These include a dedicated ‘dog kitchen’ and a playpark area called The Pet Park.

The Pet Park is a fully-enclosed, outdoor safe area with the welfare of pets central to its design. It’s split into different zones and textures – deal for inquisitive paws.

The Pet Park includes toys, ramps, tunnels, water stations and a warm shower.

Chester House itself includes 17 themed meeting rooms, three kitchens, a library and a creative lab, plus breakout areas, private phone booths, enhanced lighting and special relaxation areas.

Peter Pritchard, Group CEO of Pets at Home, said: “From the Pet Park to the meeting rooms and kitchen spaces, our new state of the art home and workplace has been built with our colleagues and their pets in mind.

“The business has come a long way since our first store opened in Chester and it seems fitting that our new building is named after it.”

The company also unveiled new names for the two other office buildings on Stanley Green, Gateshead House and Rotherham House – so called to mark the second and third Pets at Home stores to open.