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30 new re-tail locations eyed up by Cats Protection for 2019

Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity, has set its sights on opening up to 30 new “re-tail units” for 2019, building on its highly successful network of 125 locations across the UK – with some larger format stores of up to 8,000 sq ft on the menu.

Five agencies are leading the hunt: Bristol-based Williams Gunter Hardwick has extended its area to encompass the South and East of England in addition to the Midlands, South and Mid Wales, with the exception of London and the South East – where Ashwell Rogers has responsibility. St David’s Commercial is handling North Wales, Emanuel Oliver will be managing the North West and North East of England, with Culverwell responsible for Scotland.

“The charity is fast becoming one of the key players in the charity retail sector,” says Steve Cullis, Associate Director at Williams Gunter Hardwick, “and their stores are not only providing an important revenue stream for their work but also providing a link with their supporters.

“The brief we now have is to take their network to the next stage – expanding into new towns and cities, moving from the neighbourhood parade into more High Street locations filling the gaps being left by some of the retail casualties of the last year”.

“In addition to units offering between 800 and 1,500 sq ft (74 – 139 sq m) of sales area we are also looking for larger format stores of between 4,000 and 8,000 sq ft (372 – 744 sq m) in busy urban centres with high footfall and parking – including retail parks. Larger format stores will enable them to sell a range of new and donated home furnishings and fashion.”

A well-established charity, Cats Protection was founded in 1927 and offers an excellent covenant. Annual reports and accounts can be viewed at

Its charity shops trade in goods donated by the general public. This raises funds for Cats Protection’s work in re-homing and reuniting 46,000 cats and kittens every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 36 adoption centres.

Full list of potential locations together with agency contact details:

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