That Fish Place began in 1973, as a small aquarium store owned by Bernie and Sandy Lebowitz. The store was originally located where the Isaacs restaurant is now. The goal of the business was to make aquarium supplies more affordable for fish hobbyists. Bernie and Sandy’s son, Scott, and daughter, Beth, purchased the business from their parents in the late 1990’s. During this time, other pet supply categories were added and the company was rebranded as That Fish Place - That Pet Place. In 2015 the company was purchased by long-time employees Rick and Chrisi Amour with the goal of continuing to grow the business the Lebowitz family had so successfully established. The Amours then successfully added a group of longtime That Fish Place - That Pet Place employees to their ownership group to continue to refine the vision and offer what customers have expected for more than 50 years.
In the early 1980’s (about the same time MTV hit cable networks everywhere), the fame of our retail store grew & people living too far away to visit Lancaster requested that we ship products to them. The company started a fast-growing mail order business. What originated as a print catalog business has since evolved into our extensive e-commerce business.
www.thatpetplace.com was first launched in 1996 (the same year as IMDB.com for all you movie buffs). Staple and specialty items for aquarists and pet-lovers alike are available to customers across the U.S. and Canada, and beyond! If you're reading this now, you know that thatpetplace.com is still going strong today.
Over the years, That Fish Place – That Pet Place has built a reputation as one of the best pet supply companies in the world based on 3 things:
1. A friendly, knowledgeable staff that’s always available to answer any question you may have. Our team is built with people who truly care about fish, pets and animals and are trained to help customers in any way they can.
2. Community Involvement: Whether it's the aquatics community or the local community in Lancaster PA, That Fish Place - That Pet Place has been here for more than 50 years. We didn't get here without you, and we're not going anywhere.
3. The Ultimate Pet Experience! Whether it's our massive retail store, our incredible selection backed by our money-saving Pet Rewards and Astro loyalty programs, or our eye-popping animal exhibits - interacting with That Fish Place - That Pet Place is something you won't soon forget!
Tens of thousands of people from all over the country and Canada shop at our 88,000 square foot, Lancaster, PA super store every year. Bring your pet along and shop in person. See inspiring aquarium displays throughout the store, including our stringray touch tank, 450 gallon acrylic freshwater cylinder tank, several fully planted aquariums, multiple reef setups and more. Check out our gigantic fish room housing thousands of freshwater fish, plants, marine fish, invertebrates and corals for your aquarium, as we as the area's largest selection of premium dog and cat food. Not to mention our HUGE Reptile and Small Animal areas, full grooming salon, That Groom Room, in-house Pet Rescue, Centerville Pet Rescue, and our screened-in Aviary!
Community events held at our facility attract industry experts, authors, pet care professionals, manufacturer representatives and thousands of customers. We have a complete selection of products for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and small animals, as well as the fish and aquarium supplies upon which our business was founded. We are also proud of our small pet corner, reptile room and the bird selection in our screened aviary. Visitors will find exotic pets like tegus, iguanas, snakes, lizards and things that creep, slither and craw as well as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other furry pets. We also host many local events featuring area pet and animal rescues.
Kids and adults alike also love our interactive hands-on exhibit, the Pirate's Cove Touch Tank, featuring live stingrays and other sea life you can observe and touch.
Our friendly and informative staff is comprised of pet owners, animal lovers, trained professionals and experienced hobbyists (check out our pets and aquariums in this album on Facebook). We don't just sell pet and aquarium products, we also use many of them on a daily basis both in our own homes and in displays throughout our retail store, gaining hands-on experience and knowledge that we can pass on to you. Let our pet experts guide you and share years of experience on everything you need for your pet family.