Business of the week: Junction Pets still going strong in Archway

Peanuts and Karl Niblett, owner of Junction Pets in Junction Road, Archway. Picture: Tom Bartley

Peanuts and Karl Niblett, owner of Junction Pets in Junction Road, Archway. Picture: Tom Bartley - Credit: Archant

In a weekly feature, we profile and champion a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visited the long-standing Junction Pets shop in Junction Road, Archway.

Junction Pets in Junction Road, Archway. Picture: Tom Bartley

Junction Pets in Junction Road, Archway. Picture: Tom Bartley - Credit: Archant

A warm smile, a cat called Peanuts and two bearded dragons is what you’re greeted with upon entering Junction Pets in Archway.

The family-run business, owned by Karl Niblett, is part of the ever-smaller family of independent shops in Junction Road.

Of his shop, Karl says: “There’s been a pet shop here since the Second World War. We’ve had the business for 12 years – we’re animal lovers”.

Karl adds a lot of independent shops in Junction Road have closed down recently – but the pet shop business has remained steady.

“The customers know they can come in here for a chat,” he explains, “and get some advice and they don’t have to buy anything.

“We’re a family business and we all work together harmoniously.”

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Karl says the shop has also branched out into web retailing: “Being online has helped us attract customers from outside the area, and contrary to what some believe we are not closing down.”