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May 13, 2010

More on Crab Deck Seafood coming to Roch.

Here's more on the seafood market coming to Rochester:

A new fresh seafood market — The Crab Deck Seafood Store — is sailing into Rochester soon.

Expect lots of fresh halibut, many varieties of shrimp, scallops, sushi-grade tuna, sea bass, cold and warm water lobster, calamari, scallops and crab.

1happycrabs "It is like an outlet store for seafood," says owner Gary Wolter, who also has a Crab Deck shop in North Mankato. "The middle man is totally gone."

He hopes to dock his new 1,850-square-foot market by mid-June in the Crossroads Plaza on South Broadway by the new Maid-Rite Diner.

The majority of the fish comes from the northwest and most of the shellfish is being brought from the east coast.

So how does fresh seafood make its way to land-locked Minnesota?

Wolter also owns Southbay Transport, which loads up the 53-foot trailers of 19 trucks with shellfish and fish. The trucks then cross the U.S., delivering to customers like Cub Foods and Food Lion.

And each trailer has some room left over for Wolter to bring the tastes of the sea to Minnesota.

The Crab Deck's signature offering is gigantic Alaskan Red King Crab Legs that were called "as big as baseball bats," when Wolter opened in North Mankato.

Why go to the trouble to load up fresh scallops on the docks directly from a family fishing operation in New Bedford, Mass., to bring to the Midwest, along with all the other catches?

"It is all about the quality of life, I think," said the Seattle native. "Our slogan is 'Live longer, eat more fish.'"

He expects to hire five or six people from the Rochester area to staff the store.

Barb Phelps and LeighAnn Peltoma of Paramark Real Estate Services handled the deal.


Scallops from New Bedford - my mouth is watering already.

I'm looking forward to see this opening!

Hope it works. Getting fresh salt water seafood in MN is dicey. I have bought bad fish at Byerlys and Rainbow. Even worse track record in Rochester

I 2nd Jay...can't wait.
Has to be better than the coolers sitting along 2nd street!!

Just saw that the Crab Deck is hiring. It's finally taking off. Can't wait!

Originally from Mass. can't wait for some decent New England seafood!!!

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