Aquarium Retail Holdings Announces 4th Pet Store Location

Aquarium Retail Holdings, Inc., has executed a lease to open a 14,500 square-foot full-line pet store in Coral Springs, FL. This is the company's fourth retail store in South Florida, and third to operate under the brand name 'Allpets Emporium.'

Oct 31, 2012, 12:00 ET from Aquarium Retail Holdings, Inc.

TAMARAC, Fla., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium Retail Holdings, Inc., which operates Allfish Emporium in Tamarac, FL and Allpets Emporium in Pembroke Pines, and Davie, FL has completed lease negotiations to open a fourth retail store, in Coral Springs, FL.  The full-line pet store will become the company's third location to operate under the brand name 'Allpets Emporium.'  The 14,500 square-foot facility will carry dog, cat, small animal, reptile, bird, pond and aquatic supplies.  Allpets Emporium also offers customers a variety of other services including grooming, pet vaccinations and aquarium maintenance.

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Building on the success of its flagship store, Allfish Emporium, the company's primary focus is to develop the Allpets Emporium brand. "In South Florida, Allpets Emporium has set the tone and redefined the big box pet store experience," said Steve Berlin, Chief Executive Officer of Aquarium Retail Holdings. "We look forward to serving new customers and their pets in the Coral Springs area, who can expect to find the same professionalism, product diversity and customer service that has been the driving force of our growth and success."

As its predecessors, the newest location will offer residents of Coral Springs and surrounding cities the opportunity to shop and spoil their pets in a more upscale environment than traditional pet stores.  The store will strongly promote dog food offerings, specifically variety, presentation and premium brands rarely found in big box retailers.  Additionally, servicing the aquarium hobbyist will be emphasized, with the aquatics section occupying almost one-quarter of the location's square footage.  The store will sell freshwater and marine fish, and include over 10,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits and themed displays.  The focal point of the store will be a one-of-a-kind, six-foot diameter, cylinder aquarium with an African theme, featuring a variety of wildlife indigenous to the lakes of Africa.

A lease agreement has been reached with Miami Beach-based LNR Property, LLC, which owns Turtle Crossing, a retail shopping center located in Coral Springs at the southwest corner of the intersection of US441 and Wiles Road where the newest Allpets Emporium store will be located.  Allpets Emporium will co-anchor the plaza with Super Target.  The store's grand opening is expected early 2013. 

About Aquarium Retail Holdings

Aquarium Retail Holdings, Inc., is based in Tamarac, FL.  It operates a 20,000 square-foot aquarium specialty store in Tamarac, under the brand name 'Allfish Emporium', which opened in 2005.  Additionally, it operates two 20,000+ square-foot pet specialty stores in Pembroke Pines and Davie, under the brand name 'Allpets Emporium'.  The two Allpets Emporium locations were opened in July and October, 2011.  Corporate management includes Steve Berlin, CEO, and Rodney Robinson, CFO.

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