THE owners of a pet shop which has been a familiar presence in Penzance for 40 years say they are looking forward to the future with confidence and pride.
Kevin and Nina Plumley took over the running of the Pets Boutique more than 10 years ago, taking it on from the Smith family who had started the business back in 1973.
In that time, the Plumleys have continued to expand the business, which is now based at 75 Market Jew Street at the bottom of town.
The store stocks more than 25,000 lines of pet foods and accessories and Kevin says: "Having suppliers delivering to us up to four days a week means our customers have much more choice.
"They never have to wait to get their goods; even if it's not on the shelves we can get it very quickly."
Pets Boutique was started by Doug Smith in 1973, in what is now the Domino's Pizza takeaway.
The business originally included a pet grooming service run by Doug himself.
A year later it moved to 76 Market Jew Street and in 1982, after a life-changing accident, Mr Smith gave up the grooming side of the business and started to sell more animals and birds.
In 1991 Doug's son Mark entered the business , gradually taking over its day-to-day running. The business relocated to its current premises in 1998.
Recent years have been tough for all retailers but Mr Plumley is confident that Pets Boutique has a strong future to look forward to.
"Even though times are tough we have always tried to provide a great service with family values and we try to keep our prices competitive and affordable," he added.
"Nina and I are proud to have steered the business to the 40-year milestone and look forward to keeping Pets Boutique on the Penzance high street for many years to come."