Celebrating 25 years in business is an accomplishment by any measure. When Aquatropics Aquarium Center in Crystal reached that milestone anniversary in May, it celebrated the occasion and then announced the shop would be closing later this summer.
"I'm actually on my 40th year of selling fish," said Aquatropics owner Kevin McMenamy. "I'm just looking for that next challenge in life."
McMenamy can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about fish from around the world. When McMenamy opened his business in May of 1992 along Crystal's Douglas Drive, McMenamy already had 14 years of experience in the industry. Twenty five years since opening Aquatropics, the shop is one of the few small, independent fish stores left with tens of thousands of different freshwater fish from around the world.
"The more rare and difficult Plecostomus, Hypostomus, stuff like that to find, I generally get them in here, so anybody who wants that rarity, tends to find me," said McMenamy.
Customer Emma Fretag of Crystal came looking for advice and some new fish after her goldfish died.
"There's a lot of different kind of fish here and they have good prices and they have anything for a fish tank really," said Fretag.
McMenamy figures he's sold millions of fish over the years, but he's most proud of his loyal customers, many of whom he's helped get started or expand their aquariums.
"I'm on third if not fourth generation of clientele, it's been pretty darn cool," said McMenamy. "I've got a great customer base, tens of thousands of people have been through my door."
Now after 25 years of Aquatropics, McMenamy is ready to move on to something new. He's selling down his inventory and will likely close the fish store for good in August.
The news is just starting to sink in with longtime customers.
"I used to come here a lot when I was little and look at the fish, so it's kind of sad to see it go," said Eliot Zubich of Robbinsdale.
Kevin's been hearing a lot of that lately, but he knows it's time and he's feeling especially grateful.
"A big thank you to the community, thank you to all the people who have ever come in here. I'm sure I'll cross paths with many of them in the years to come," said McMenamy.
Alexandra Renslo firstname.lastname@example.org
June 19, 2017