Marlows in Bury St Edmunds to close pets and aquatics department - but popular parrot Lampard has found a home
Marlows Home and Garden Centre in Bury St Edmunds has announced it is closing its pets and aquatics department - but homes have been found for its animals including popular parrot Lampard.
The business, in Hollow Road, revealed on Facebook last night that it will shut the department at the end of September and the space will be refurbished over the next few months.
Andrew Preston, garden centre manager, said times and retail are 'changing' with 'an awful lot of competition' in the pets and aquatics industry.
He said: "The animals have all got homes to go to and will be all looked after."
Mr Preston declined to comment when asked about redundancies.
Popular parrot Lampard will be going to Kallan Carlile, who is autistic and developed a 'special bond' with the blue and gold macaw in his regular visits to Marlows.
Kallan's mother Nicola Smith-Carlile said Lampard is in 'safe hands' and plans to set up a Facebook page 'so people won't miss him too much'.
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