Planning consent granted for fourth dog-grooming salon in Galashiels town centre

9a Bank Street in Galashiels.9a Bank Street in Galashiels.
9a Bank Street in Galashiels.
Planning permission has been granted for a fourth dog-grooming salon in Galashiels town centre.

Lyndsey Tait, of Gala Park in Galashiels, has been given the go-ahead by council officers to convert 9A Bank Street into a canine pampering business also selling dog accessories.

Her shop, to be called Short Bark and Sides, will join an already-crowded pet-grooming marketplace in Galashiels, following Waggles in Market Place, Joni’s Dog Grooming Studio in Abbotsview Drive and K-9 Grooming, in Bank Street too. There’s also Head and Tails Dog Grooming, a mobile service catering for canines in their own homes from its base in the town’s Magdala Terrace.

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Short Bark and Sides will take over premises formerly occupied by the Craft It arts and supplies shop.

Lyndsey, currently a pharmacy assistant, said: “Me and my partner already care for four dogs and two cats, much to my partner’s disdain, and all have been inherited or come from shelters.

“I really fancied a change of career. I wanted something completely different and, already being a pet owner, I thought this would be perfect.

“I think there is demand here. Everyone you see in Galashiels is walking a dog.

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“We’re also going to be selling handmade leads and belts for dogs, which I’ll be making myself.”

Fellow grooming shop owner Steven Wilson, boss of nearby K-9 Grooming, says that business has been booming since he opened six weeks ago.

“When I first applied for permission to open this shop, the council rejected my application on the grounds that there wasn’t enough footfall to justify my business plan, but here I am, six weeks in, and I have 60 people who have registered their pets with me from Jedburgh, Selkirk, all over the Borders and further afield, so there’s a demand for business.”

Approving Lyndsey’s bid, planning officer Carlos Clarke said: “Though consent was granted for a dog-grooming salon further up Bank Street earlier this year, and there is at least one other dog-grooming salon in the town centre, the number of these businesses is relatively low and there is no risk of saturation.

“Competition between them is not a planning matter.”

“Unlike the grooming salon approved further down the street, this property is not within the core activity area.”

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