Aquarium owner considers options after plan to open in local mall tanks

Aquarium operators reached an agreement with Temple Mall owners that the attraction does not fit the mall's strategic post-pandemic business plan, but are considering other options, attorney Damon Goff said Tuesday. (7 Seas photo/file)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Ten weeks after a shipment of 13 tanks arrived for what was to have been 7 Seas Aquarium at the Temple Mall, the mall’s owners and the aquarium’s owner have decided to part ways.

The attorney for owner Fidel Junco, Damon Goff, says aquarium operators are looking for other options in the area.

“7 Seas is now looking for an outdoor location to stay both viable and in compliance of anticipated restrictions on gatherings in public places,” he said.

Operators reached an agreement with Temple Mall owners that the attraction does not fit the mall's strategic post-pandemic business plan, Goff said.

“Due to the economic impact of Covid-19, the Temple Mall and 7 Seas Aquariums have decided to change business strategies,” Goff said.

The 7 Seas Aquarium was to have been situated inside a section of the old Dillard's location at the Temple Mall, occupying about 40 percent of the former department store.

The aquarium first projected a January 2020 opening, then later pushed it to February 24.

The aquarium was allowing residents to pre-order passes $99 for unlimited daily visits for as many as four family members.

It’s not clear how many were purchased.