A NEW owner has taken the helm over at a popular Tillicoultry pet shop.

Pet Needs and Feeds is now owned by James Finlay, who took the business over from the Hertwigs. David and Anne ran the Stirling Street store for just over three decades and are retiring to relax and spend more time with their family.

James, who used to work on his father's family dairy farm in Fife, is a keen dog-lover who is involved in showing, breeding and judging the animals, up to championship show level.

In his new venture he will be assisted by business partner Graham Kirkwood, with Graham's son Gavin running the show on a day-to-day basis.

Gavin in the past has owned a sweets, card, gift and pet shop in Tullibody and is now moving away from his current business Gavin's Pet Centre in Stirling, which he established eight years ago.

All three are looking forward to their future with Pet Feeds and Needs and said that maintaining David's excellent customer service will be paramount for the success of the independent store. They have retained all the friendly staff and are hoping to welcome customers old and new.

Previous owners David and Anne Hertwig wanted to thank their customers for their loyal support over the years and hope they will continue their valued custom in the future.