Graffam Bros. Seafood, a long time provider of fresh seafood, lobster, and gourmet specialty products, is excited to announce that it will be commemorating its 75th anniversary in July, 2021.
Founded by Maynard Graffam Sr. on July 25, 1946 as Penobscot Bay Ice Co., Inc., our beginnings were in ice cutting on Lily Pond and Maine-Fresh Lobster Company. In addition to delivering ice to the local schooners, we quickly became a leader in what was at the time a fledgling “Lobster to your door” shipping business, often pioneering new methods of packing and shipping lobster.
Following in Maynard’s shoes, sons Sandy and Jim Graffam adopted the Graffam Bros. Seafood name in 1972. Together, they grew their lobster business to new heights. At one point trucks left Rockport harbor daily for Logan Airport, shipping lobster all over the world. They supplied restaurants around the country and for a period of time, provided Red Lobster and Kroger Supermarkets with lobster on a daily basis. Graffam Bros. lobster was even served at the White House for President Gerald Ford.
In 1997 Sandy Graffam passed away leaving his brother and daughter to run the company. With the advent of 9/11, the whole world changed and Graffam Bros. struggled to find its place. The shipping operation moved temporarily to Portland. The company changed with the times as needed, and at one point had many different divisions including Heating Oil Companies, Used Cars and Rentals, Taxi Service, Apartments and Real Estate.
The early years of online shopping created a new avenue in which Graffam Bros. could reach their customers.This led to the construction of a new retail store on Union Street in Rockport, as well as the return of their shipping operation to Rockport. In 2008, Graffam Bros.Seafood Market was officially opened.
With the passing of Jim Graffam in 2010, Kimberlee Graffam became the 3rd generation to run the family business. Since that time, we have expanded the seafood market, allowing us to include prepared foods and local sundries, as well as our popular summertime lobster Shack. Graffam Bros. has won numerous competitions and awards over the years for our Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Chili. In 2020 we were named #1 Seafood Restaurant in Knox Country for the incredibly popular Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack.
Today, with her husband Leni, children, and nephew, the Graffam family is working hard to prepare for the 4th generation of Graffams to take the company into the next 75 years. Over the past 75 years, countless team members have come and gone. While some were with us longer than others, each and everyone of them left a mark that helped Graffam Bros.Seafood grow to where it is today.
To culminate a week of festivities, Graffam Bros. is excited to announce that Mary Winchenbach, local comedian and star of TruTV’s Reality Show “Tirdy Works”, will be performing live at the Rockport Opera House Sunday, July 25th at 7PM! This show is for ages 18 and up, and doors open at 6:30. All proceeds will be donated equally to OUT Maine and the Camden Rotary Club. To purchase tickets, please go to https://rockportoperahouse.thundertix.com/orders/new?performance_id=2725525
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We look forward to celebrating and sharing this anniversary with our community and valued customers in July, 2021!