Holguin’s First Pet Store Opens / 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa
Posted on July 3, 2015
14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa, Holguin, 1 July 2015 — The first pet
store in the province of Holguin opened in the first week of June, under
the name hasThe Red Squirrel. The place, the fruit of the initiative of
a private entrepreneur, is located on Cuba Street at the corner of Jose
Antonio Cardet in the provincial capital and raised the curiosity of
passersby outside its door.
For now, there are more who come to look than to buy. Nor is there any
lack of critics surprised by the prices and some of the products for
animals that can’t be found even in the stores for human beings. In line
with State-run establishments that allow payment in both currencies, all
the merchandise can be acquired in convertible pesos (CUC) or its
equivalent in national currency (CUP).
The offerings, for now, include the sale of four breeds of dogs. A
Pekingese or a Czech Shepherd sells for 40 convertible pesos, while a
Chow Chow costs 60 CUC and a German Shepherd 70 CUC. These prices
reflect the investment of at least two months salary to acquire one of
their beautiful pets.
In the store you can also purchase a wide range of dog accessories such
as harnesses, toys, flea and tick collars, shampoo, combs, toothbrushes
and toothpaste. The offerings do not end there, those who are going to
travel can buy pet carriers and there are also pet beds for the home,
dishes, clothes and even shoes. Among the “clothing” one can find
sweaters, robes and winter coats, despite the almost always high
temperatures in Cuba year-round.
There is also a hair salon for animals, which includes bath, combing,
trimming, cutting toenails and cleaning the ears.
The client, as an additional offering, may obtain training on the
upbringing and care of the animal. The pets can have a clinical
examination in the store and if they present a health problem, be
referred to the veterinary clinic.
Luis Rodríguez Hijuelo, owner of the premises and possessor of a license
as a breeder-seller of companion animals, says that there are already
many people, especially children and teens, who are receiving advice for
Before opening the store, Rodríguez Hijuelo worked as a street vendor.
Holguin health authorities prohibited his trading in squirrels, one of
the animals he offered, arguing that they could be carriers or
transmitters of many diseases. That experience is what gave him the idea
to name his new business The Red Squirrel.
In the future an expansion of the business will allow him to increase
the quantity and variety of animals, Rodríguez expects, and he also
plans to sell birds such as cockatiels, canaries, exotic poultry and
cats, such as Siamese cats.
Source: Holguin’s First Pet Store Opens / 14ymedio, Fernando Donate
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