Southern Aquatics has taken over the Watermarque store in Yeovil, Somerset, rebranding it as a branch of Southern Aquatics.
The store was previously operated by J&K Aquatics as a separate entity to its wholesale business. The site originally came into the company’s ownership as part of a trading debt around 35 years ago.
J&K Aquatics managing director Paul James said: “While retail is where we started, J&K’s focus has always been on our wholesale operation.
“With a large portfolio of products and some large pillar brands to promote and sell, we need to devote our time and management resources to the wholesale side of the business and making that as good as possible.
“In the last few years, it has become difficult for us to dedicate enough time or resources to the retail side of the business to make it successful, and Southern Aquatics were searching for another retail store, so they approached us.
He added: “It’s a win-win situation for all involved: J&K, Southern and the long-standing staff at the Yeovil store. We look forward to the next step in our relationship with Southern Aquatics.”
J&K is continuing to operate its store at North Petherton, Somerset, as normal.