In 1974, my parents Rod and Joan MacGregor founded The Lobster Place in a tiny storefront on Manhattan’s upper west side. In those days, live lobster was mostly eaten by tourists in Maine and there were only a few businesses bringing it right into the city. Rod and Joan worked tirelessly doing just that. Together, they built a successful business selling crustaceans to restaurants in Manhattan and shoppers in their neighborhood. Over time, their customers, vendors and employees came to recognize them for their uncommon integrity and commitment to doing “the right thing.”
1995: Rod and Joan move The Lobster Place to Chelsea Market as one of its first tenants. They expand their product line to include all seafood, open a proper retail store and install a sushi bar alongside their raw fish products.
2002: Fresh off a 5-year tenure of active duty in the US Coast Guard, Rod and Joan’s son, Ian takes over the business so his parents can retire after 25 years of early mornings and hard fish work.
2008: Lobster Place sends its wholesale business to a new warehouse in Hunts Point, Bronx and expands the retail store to accommodate the evolving Chelsea neighborhood.
2013: Lobster Place Seafood market completes a 4-month gut renovation that adds a sit-down sushi bar, a raw bar, Cull &Pistol Galley and the widest selection of fresh seafood in the U.S. along with Cull and Pistol Oyster Bar – a 47-seat full service restaurant right next door.
Today: Lobster Place, Inc. employs over 200 people across Lobster Place Wholesale Seafood, Lobster Place Seafood Market (retail) and Cull and Pistol Oyster bar – including our first employee who worked for Rod and Jean when it all began. Even as we’ve grown the business and expanded our offerings, the core values remain our driving force – just as Rod and Joan would want.