Hallelujah: At last a new useful shop for Wanstead


It’s been a long time coming, but Wanstead’s ‘new’ pet shop is now open for business, as the shelves are gradually filled and stock is moved from its decrepit former premises next door. The new shop is modern, clean and massive by comparison, with plenty of room for animals (in an air conditioned section at the rear of the shop) and for general household goods too.

Owner Mas Beg, who was named shopkeeper of the year by the Wanstead Society in 2010, and his fellow gerbilmeister Trevor Spicer are busily getting the shop ready. New attractions include items long missing from Wanstead High Street, including boxes of nails and screws and small electrical bits. And they are open to suggestions for items that people would like to be stocked.

When Wansteadium asked this question first in May 2011, nominated items were Polyfilla, Evo-Stick, string, sink plungers, dustpans, mothballs, lightbulbs and clothes pegs. You’re welcome to add anything, using the form below. Mas says he’s watching…




The former shop, now ripe for redevelopment.20121230-004806.jpg

The view from the rear – the new brick building is the complete development, meaning what the new shop gains in floor space it loses in outdoors room at the back. Mas says he will continue to stock plants at the front.


10 thoughts on “Hallelujah: At last a new useful shop for Wanstead”

  1. As a non-driver, I used to be grateful for the little garden centre they used to have at the rear of the building. If they were to stock a small selection of garden basics it would suit me!

  2. Non-perfumed washing liquid and fabric conditioner. All of us with allergies in Wanstead have nowhere to buy this on the high street!

  3. Thanks for taking the time out on New Year’s Eve to inform us all about the latest gerbilmeister developments. Happy 2013 Wansteadium!

  4. A few thoughts: Fuses, extension mains adaptors, computer printer ink cartridges, Selection of computer and audio cables. Polyfilla, rawlplugs.

    Good luck!

  5. It would be great to see things like those big plastic storage boxes with lids and tile grout whitener, fuses, adapters, aerial cables. All very handy !

  6. Thanks sara, i’m fairly sure they don’t sell the perfume free stuff although they do sell ecover. I’ll pop in next time i’m down that way though to double check. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Do we know what is likely to be put in the old pet shop? Heard a building supplier but seems unlikely given the direction the pet shop is taking…

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