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Shop celebrates the big 5-0
4th October 2018

By Sandra Pearce

One of the country’s oldest aquatics shops has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Victor Aquatics, in Grimsby, has been owned by Laura Hambling since 2008 and is busier than ever, which she puts down to its loyal customers.

Victor Aquatics ran a number of special events in August as a way of saying thank-you to its customers.

Laura told local newspaper the Grimsby Telegraph: “This week is all about celebrating our customers and how they’ve helped us over the years, since we owe a massive thanks to them. We wouldn’t be here after 50 years if they didn’t always come back.

“It’s also a chance for people to get something they’d never be able to afford otherwise. The first three customers today bought huge tanks, which is great for them.

“We’ve had to work hard to get here – we’ve effectively had to work seven days a week for ten years.”

Sales for the 50th anniversary saw customers queuing up an hour before the shop's doors opened – 50 items were discounted to half price.

Laura has invested her life savings in the business, despite not having any experience with exotic fish.

However, her hard work paid off and she doubled the shop’s revenue in four years, leading to her being given the East Midlands Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“That was a great moment. All of the money we’ve made, we’ve invested back into the shop to help it grow.

“It’s a really family business. My husband Daniel works here, our employees Ian and Mark are brothers, my sister Maria has worked here and my nine-month-old son Douglas has already spent plenty of time here. Maybe when he’s running it in 50 years’ time, he’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary!”

Her success enabled her to extend the shop into the neighbouring property and add an outdoor area for ponds.

She said: “Here’s to the next 10 years at Victor Aquatics, I hope we are still seeing the same faces then of those who have become good friends over the years.”