Tony Lombardi, Sr. started his seafood career as a deckhand on the Tampa shrimping fleet in the early 1950's. After learning the shrimp business, he then landed a job with a local seafood wholesaler. A few years later, he and his brothers opened a wholesale and retail seafood market in Tampa. In 1961, as the Orlando market started to grow, Tony Lombardi, Sr. and his wife, Angie Lombardi, decided to leave the Tampa area and start their own business in Winter Park, FL, a suburb of Orlando. They began their new business at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Orlando Avenue where it has been located for over 50 years.
Tony and Angie’s son, Tony Lombardi Jr., grew up helping his dad in the early days of the business. After graduating college, Tony Jr. would go onto help the family grow the business into a full service seafood supplier. At one point, Lombardi’s had ventured into running retail stores, an oyster plant in Apalachicola, a consolidation warehouse in Miami, and a 69,000 sq. ft. state of the art processing and distribution facility in south Orlando. In 2006, the Lombardi family decided to divest the large business.
During the divestiture, Tony decided to purchase the Winter Park retail store. Tony and his wife, Terri Lombardi, and daughter, Denise Lombardi Smith, took on the challenge to reinforce the amazing reputation that Lombardi’s Seafood had in the community while enhancing quality and service to its new and existing loyal customers.
In July of 2013, Tony and Terri’s son, Michael Lombardi, came on board to add both his level of management expertise and his knowledge of seafood to the team. Both Mike and Denise have spent a significant amount of time in the ‘family business’, so they bring a wealth of real world experience to the table.
As Lombardi’s Seafood enters into the next phase, Mike Lombardi will be at the helm with his sister Denise beside him. Mike and Denise are third generation owners that will continue the tradition of bringing high quality seafood to central Florida while introducing the latest in seafood products. Their innovative vision includes a new & improved customer experience, both online and in store, as well as, an upscale gourmet café and seafood market.
Our commitment is to provide both our retail and wholesale customers with the finest selection and quality of fresh seafood.
Our mission has been and will always be to grow the company and to keep seafood an important source of nutrition for generations to come.
We thank you for your business and we look forward to a future with your third generations as well!
-The Lombardi Family