Right on National Highway, residents of the Chair City and surrounding areas can pick up their very own catch of the day. Todd’s Seafood Market has been serving up fresh and fresh frozen seafood since 1958.
Curtis and Theola Todd started the business over a half century ago and today their son, Jimmy, along with his wife, Jean, and their son, Brantley, carry on the legacy. Yes, that’s three generations of Todd’s bringing locals their seafood.
“It’s always been a seafood market, but we do retail as well as wholesale,” said Jimmy Todd. He enjoys serving the public and interacting with customers, it’s what has kept him at it for so long.
Jimmy used to sell boiled peanuts as a young boy living in Columbus, North Carolina. When his parents moved to Thomasville and opened the seafood market, Jimmy continued to sell food and serve the public. His wife, Jean, was raised in Thomasville and taught elementary school for over 30 years. Now she joins Jimmy in serving up shrimp, flounder, scallops, crab and many other seafood delights every day at the market.
Jimmy said one of their biggest challenges in the business is being able to get the products they want. They do get products locally, but also some shrimp comes from the gulf, some flounder comes from Argentina and Alaska, and his crab legs come from Canada.
The fresh product is mostly sold in the retail shop versus the wholesale side that services restaurants as far as 250 miles away. Jimmy said they are truthful in advertising their product. If it was frozen when they get it, they make sure the sign says “fresh frozen” or “previously frozen” otherwise if it’s not frozen you know it’s fresh!
“We’re small enough to know you, but big enough to serve you,” said Jimmy. It’s the motto around Todd’s Seafood Market.
There aren’t that many seafood markets in the area and Jimmy has some restaurants that have been buying their seafood from Todd’s for 50 years. Most employees have worked at the market for many years, because as a family owned business, it really is like a family.
Jean said they have stayed in business so long and kept their employees because they treat people fairly and pride themselves on their honesty. Just like the sign that lets folks know if their seafood is fresh or fresh frozen — the little things make a difference.
Todd’s Seafood has a great amount of repeat business and customers have come to expect top notch service when dealing with Jimmy, Jean and any of Todd’s employees. They hope that one day their son will continue the tradition and who knows, in another half century, Todd’s may just be selling products to a whole new generation of seafood lovers.
Stop by and see Jimmy and Jean at 624 National Highway in Thomasville. They have a retail store with a fabulous selection of seafood for the whole family. They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 pm. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’re closed on Sundays.