Business & Real Estate

Hertz aims to move into former Capitol Aquarium building in Sacramento

A portion of the building that once housed Capitol Aquarium in Sacramento could become a Hertz car rental site, according to an application filed with the city’s planning division.

Capitol Aquarium, operating in more than 8,000 square feet at 29th and T streets, closed in July 2011 after efforts to secure new ownership failed.

The application filed with the city lists the property owner as Hong Quang Nguyen of the HQ Nguyen Dental Corp. in Citrus Heights.

The application says Hertz Corp. plans to occupy 3,250 square feet of space, making improvements that include exterior signage, fresh paint and pavement striping for parking to accommodate 10 to 15 vehicles. Parking will be shared with an existing dental office, according to the application. Hertz plans to park eight or nine vehicles inside the building.

Capitol Aquarium’s roots dated back more than 50 years to a business called Froyd’s Tropical Fish at the corner of 20th Street and Capitol Avenue. The store changed hands in 1952 and again in 1956, when it was sold to Lorraine Baillie. She renamed it Lorraine’s Aquarium.

Grant Pasley, who developed an interest in tropical fish as a teenager, worked for the store’s various owners over the years and ultimately purchased it from Baillie in 1959, changing the name to Capitol Aquarium. The shop at 1920 29th St., was built in 1978.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.