Ocean Corals and Reptiles is a marine, aquatic and reptile shop in York, UK. It began originally as Ocean Corals, created early 2009 by Paul, a joiner by trade. Marine aquatics was his passion and he spent many hours looking after his own display tank at home. Back in 2008 when the recession hit, Paul was made redundant from the trade so to try and get a bit of money started fragging his own corals to sell. Eventually the idea came to him to set up his own coral shop in a small unit in York so took the bull by the horns and set up in January 2009 in a small workshop in Clifton Moor.
To say Paul only set up to cultivate and sell his own corals, just shows how much of a success the shop really is. The corals flew out the door, dry goods companies came on board, a fish system was set up and an extra pair of hands recruited. This carried on until he needed more space so knocked through to the next workshop to create more space for dry goods. Suppliers could see how successful the shop was and wanted their products in.
The customer based grew and grew, word of mouth being the company’s main advertising tool so Paul thought the shop needed to be even bigger. So…..he give the second unit back and knocked through to the next one which was even bigger. An extra pair of hands recruited, more suppliers on board, more livestock was added not to mention the extra dry goods.
Business was booming and as Paul is known for getting itchy feet, he felt the shop needed to grow even more. His other passion was reptiles, having bred (and still does) his own ball pythons and having kept corn snakes as a child. So….the next mission was to find even bigger premises to stock the reptiles as well.
In February 2015 he did just that. Ocean Corals and Reptiles was born in larger premises housing a vast range of reptiles and dry goods, not forgetting the marine fish, corals and inverts. Business was growing and continued to do so. With a fantastic team behind him, there was no stopping Paul.
With a tricky end to 2017 personally, Paul wanted to make 2018 bigger and better with a new challenge. So guess what? That’s right, another move was on the cards, this time with Tropical fish to add to the mix.
So here we are today, in 2018 we have even bigger premises, stocking a fantastic range of marine fish, corals and inverts, reptiles and now tropical fish and plants. Not only that, we have a vast range of dry goods for the marine, tropical and reptile species. We’ve got bigger coral tanks, more fish tanks and bigger reptile enclosures for our resident species. As you can see the website has also had a facelift with a fully stocked online shop. We’ve got lots planned for the future so watch this space! One thing about Ocean Corals and Reptiles is we never sit still!