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A Crewe shop owner said he was forced out of town due to ‘incredibly high’ rental rates – believing Cheshire East would become a collection of ghost towns if nothing is done.

Evolutionary Exotics, Edleston Road – officially opened in Crewe in July 2021.

The pet store sells a variety of exotic animal stock, ranging from live food to frozen food to equipment – including: heating, lighting, substrates and decoration.

Evolutionary Exotics, Edleston Road – officially opened in Crewe in July 2021 (Crewe Nub News).

“The area is dying and no small businesses are staying here due to high overhead,” said store owner Mr. Josh Flood (Sept. 29).

Over the past 14 months, Evolutionary Exotics has sold invertebrates including tarantulas, scorpions, mantis, centipedes, cockroaches and African land snails.

The company is struggling to keep up with rising costs – rent rates being the most important factor.

Mr Flood told Nub News: “We are trying to move due to the incredibly high rent rates and rising costs in the area. Cheshire East will have no stores next.

Josh Flood recently studied at Reaseheath College in Nantwich and worked at Reaseheath Zoo (Evolutionary Exotics).

“Support is scarce and spaced out, there is no council or regional support.

“I’ve spoken to three businesses on my route who are all looking to relocate due to stupidly high costs.”

The 28-year-old said he wanted to move his business out of Crewe and Cheshire East as a whole.

Mr Flood said: “I want to move as far away from Cheshire East as possible. The rates and overheads are way too high in the area. I’m looking towards Staffordshire.

For 14 months, Evolutionary Exotics has been selling invertebrates (Evolutionary Exotics).

“Cheshire East in general really needs to do something because there will be ghost towns next.”

The Crewe shop owner recently studied at Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

Mr. Flood has completed a Level Two Diploma in Animal Care and a Level Three Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

He previously worked at Reaseheath Zoo, gaining a wealth of experience at other pet shops in Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.

At the beginning of September, Josh Flood first informed customers of the possibility of moving the store (Evolutionary Exotics).

At the beginning of September, Mr. Flood first informed customers of the possibility of moving the store.

The store made an announcement on social media, saying: “It’s very difficult to have to say this, but unfortunately, due to the current climate and circumstances, we will be looking to close and relocate before the end of October.

“We are very sorry to be leaving, but needs must and if we see no way to stay afloat in the coming week, unfortunately it has to happen.

“We loved being part of the reptile community in the area and will always be available for our valued customers.”

The pet store is struggling to keep up with rising costs – rent rates being the biggest factor (Evolutionary Exotics).

Since its opening, Evolutionary Exotics has been waiting for its AAL (Animal Activities Licensing) to sell animals like bearded dragons, chameleons, snakes, turtles and toads.

The store added: “Do not hesitate to contact us for any advice or animal care in the future.

“We will keep everyone informed of what is going to happen and let everyone know once we know exactly what is going on.”

Evolutionary Exotics is open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday) and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday).

Evolutionary Exotics is awaiting its AAL (Animal Activities Licensing), to sell animals like bearded dragons, chameleons, snakes, turtles and toads since its opening (Evolutionary Exotics).

The company gets a rating of 5/5 on Facebook. The page can be viewed here.

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