Blog - Memories of Modica Market, a Seaside, Florida Landmark
If you’ve been to Seaside, Florida, well, you’ve been to Modica Market, most likely several times a day. The history of Modica Market is steeped in hospitality and tradition, and it remains family owned and operated to this day.
After spending 50 years in the grocery business in Alabama, Charles Modica, Sr. and his wife, Sarah, retired to the sleepy little town of Seaside, Florida in 1988. Soon after they arrived, the town developers approached them with the need for a local grocery store. You see, they were wise to the Modica’s history as grocers. So in 1989, what has become one of the most beloved places in all of Seaside history was born, and the town’s first market was an immediate hit.
Mr. Modica passed away in 2010, and in 2012 the Florida legislature designated a portion of Highway 30A as “Charles Modica, Sr. Hospitality Way” which extends from County Road 395 in Seagrove through Seaside to County Road 283 in Grayton Beach.
Nearly 30 years later, Modica Market is just as wonderful as ever. It has grown into the leading gourmet specialty store it is today with three family generations (headed now by Charles Modica, Jr.) continuing the tradition of providing Southern cuisine, hospitality, and local and international specialty products that make staying, living, or working at the beach so much for enjoyable.
Inside you can sample selections of fresh, homemade Southern specialties and gourmet-to-go meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. They also have an extensive collection of wines, craft beers, local and imported condiments, and unique foodie finds — from cheeses to ice creams to coffees. Be sure to stop in on your next visit.
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