Harbor Wholesale Announces Acquisition of Beloved Northwest Skippers Brand

Submitted by Harbor Wholesale

Harbor Wholesale, the Northwest’s largest independent family-owned retailer, has acquired the trademark and intellectual property of 52-year-old Northwest Icon Skippers Seafood & Chowder from Starway Restaurants, LLC. By assuming the rights to the brand, Harbor will support the remaining (5) outlets (licensees), online retail and 128 quick service restaurants found in convenience stores and grocers across the Northwest.

Starway Restaurants LLC acquired the intellectual property of Skippers Seafood & Chowder in 2007. Scott Way and his team began working with Harbor in 2013 when they realized Skippers would provide a delicious quick service restaurant (QSR) opportunity for owners of shops. According to Scott, “With their shared Northwest roots and passion for customer service, quality and value, Skippers and Harbor are the perfect fit. Over the past 8 years Harbor has come to know Skippers and its customers. No one is better or better placed to carry the Skippers brand into the future than Harbour.

When Rick Jensen, President of Harbor Wholesale, joined the team nearly two years ago, Harbor saw an opportunity for Skippers to join an already strong portfolio of brands owned by Harbour. “We are excited to be stewards of this nostalgic brand and to further develop the concept in the Northwest and beyond. We see lots of opportunities to leverage the fish & chips and clam chowder that are making Skippers reputation with our team of experts, who are 100% focused on the success of our clients.The transaction will close on January 14, 2022 and will transform over the following months.

About Harbor Wholesale

Founded in 1923, Harbor Wholesale offers new and practical solutions for people on the go. As the largest 4th generation independent family-owned distributor in the Northwest, Harbor Wholesale serves 4,500 convenience stores, independent grocers and quick service restaurants with a great selection of products. These include Harbor-owned brands, held under the Real Fresh brands, such as Mountain Fresh, Via Vita Pizza, Split Shift, Watertown Craft Roasted, Mein Street and now Skippers. Harbor Wholesale operates distribution centers in Lacey, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Roseburg, Oregon. Harbor Wholesale is a subsidiary of Harbor Foods. For more information, please visit us at the Harbor Wholesale or Harbor Foods websites.

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