The Story of Southern Aquatics

Southern Aquatics was founded in April 1990...

at our Christchurch Store by Andrew Battison, the owner. After five years or so building a successful aquatic store we decided to branch out and sell other pets. Our small pet department went from strength to strength, but could not realise its full potential in such a small space.                 

In April 1998 our Creekmoor Poole Store was opened with a very large pet department. Our business at Poole expanded rapidly and we had to constantly take on additional staff to keep up with the expansion and strengthen our sales Team.

In 2006 we started to specialise in reptiles and amphibians as this was becoming a growing sector in the Pet Industry. In October 2008 we opened a store in Cadnam within the then site of Golden Acres Garden Centre and moved from our premises in Christchurch. Our Online Store is currently unavaialble and hopefully up and running very soon, feel free to contact us by email or phone to check stock availability.

In both stores we place more emphasis on customer service than on self-service. Apart from the fantastic prices we offer in store, we have built a reputation on friendly, knowledgeable staff and excellent service. Whilst our staff’s ability, experience and qualification levels differ, all our staff have a passion for the pets that we sell, and the animals' welfare is at the forefront of this.

Our Poole Store has a large selection of fish (tropical and pond), reptiles (including amphibians and invertebrates), birds and small animals. The Poole branch also has a large wild bird section to cater for all our garden visitors. We offer well stocked shelves and a great range of products to take care of all your animal needs.

Why not visit Southern Aquatics Cadnam set in the heart of the New Forest just off the A31. Situated at Dobbies Garden Centre its a great morning and afternoon out. Our Cadnam store is smaller, but has a great range of tropical, marine, pond fish and reptiles. The shop is run by Sam and Rachael who have a vast amount of experience in all areas to cater for all your needs.

Now under New Management and Ownership we aim to grow and carry on Andrew's Legacy.

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