M. Slavin & Sons, a seafood seller located on South Glebe Road near I-395, has closed.
The store maintained a well-reviewed retail business of selling fresh seafood to consumers via a front counter. It also distributed seafood wholesale to local businesses.
Reached by phone, a store employee said the store had been losing business and has not been able to keep up with rising expenses. The store’s last day in business was Friday. The company is based in the New York City area and has other locations in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Rhode Island, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Around lunchtime today, a steady stream of regular customers drove into the parking lot only to be greeted with “CLOSED” signs in the window. One woman said she came to M. Slavin to pick up seafood for most major holidays. Today, she was hoping to pick up crab legs for Valentine’s Day.
“Well, off to the waterfront I go, I guess,” she said, referring to the seafood market on Maine Avenue SW in the District.
“This is a big loss,” another customer said, via email. “They had by far the best fresh fish in the area.”
Hat tips to Sue W. and Josh M.