was time, however, to take the next big step-
our own building!
1986 we bought a 7200 square foot building, and built central
systems for all our fish, an almost unheard-of concept at the time.
Once again, we moved in one weekend, remaining fully operational
through Friday at the old site, then becoming fully operational from
the new one 48 hours later! This fourth -and present- Fish Mart
location is directly across the railroad tracks from the first one.
With the booming economy and our customer support, we needed to
expand within two years! We were able to more than double the
building's size, and make what was considered another revolutionary
change for the livestock business: full computerization. By April
1989 our new fish room was up and running with 400 additional
aquariums. In October of 1989 we went "on line" to begin
our new fiscal year fully computerized. THAT was a nightmare for the
first couple of weeks, but now, of course, we couldn't live without
A long way from basements and Quonset huts
2003, we upgraded our warehouse with new and technologically
superior aquatic life support systems. As a result, our holding
capacity and fish quality are the best in the industry! Always care
and quality conscious, we’re seeing dramatic improvements. We’ve
done comparative analyses on all of the fish types we carry, - pre
and post installation. The result is a statistically significant
increase in the number of fish we keep healthy and happy.
other nemesis (here more than at retail pet stores, generally) –
humidity – is resolved. Finally after many months of research and
discussions, we’ve installed seven dehumidifiers strategically
throughout the warehouse. This has reduced maintenance work in our
facility, and provided us- and our walk-in customers- a more normal
atmosphere and air quality. that is far more pleasant to work
"Regular Work" still means long hours, but now it's spent
staying in touch with the times and helping our customers
"grow" their business, while our excellent management team
and staff handles daily operations.
that's our story... hope we haven't bored you with it. In fact,
we want to thank you for the opportunity to walk down memory
truly amazing what can be accomplished when you have no fear of
failure, and no knowledge of what you're getting yourself into!
Looking back, we can frankly say that our success is due to four
OPPORTUNITY: We were given the chance, in 1980 and
subsequently helped by a prospering economy.
PERSEVERANCE: We were and ARE driven to "be the
EMPLOYEES: An assortment of personalities and characters
have played varied roles over the years. We're NOT a
YOU: Meaning all of our customers!
opportunities, motivations and staff are meaningless unless we have YOUR
support. For that, we are eternally grateful... and with your continued
support, we look forward to serving you for many more years.