The Seabras family have over the years build a vast empire of stores and eateries in Portuguese ethnic enclaves across the US. A few years ago the family split the operations between two entities that have ownership over the supermarkets: Seabra Foods and Seabras Market. I can’t tell the difference between the two entities. Every ingredient you see listed in my recipes can be sourced at either location. They both carry fresh meat, fish and produce along with fruit and imported goods like Portuguese olive oils, wines and liquors. I, along with every ethnically Portuguese person living along the east coast, could not cook Portuguese food without shopping at their stores. They bring a little bit of Portugal to the United States and have been ambassadors of Portuguese Cuisine and culture. Below is information taken from the Seabras Food website.
Seabra’s Market was founded in 1971 by a Portuguese immigrant named Americo Nunes Seabra. Americo immigrated from Portugal in 1967 with his wife and six children in search of the American Dream. When he arrived to this country, he settled into the city of Newark and worked as a butcher to support his family. He soon realized that there was a large Portuguese community in search of typical Portuguese products that were not readily accessible in the US.
Along with his 19 year old son Jose Seabra, he decided to open a small grocery store on Ferry Street in Newark that would specialize in the sale of Portuguese products. Americo knew that it was important for people to have access to certain products so that they could continue their tractions in this new country. Slowly, the company started to evolve and expanded their specialty products to include not just Portuguese products but products from all over Europe, Central America and South America.
At Seabra’s Market we are committed to stocking our shelves daily with what the customer needs. We strive to provide the highest quality product, the freshest produce and the most variety of ethnic foods.